Troops withdrawal to begin from Buner, Shangla: Pervez Khattak

Published: September 14, 2013
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Army troops were deployed in Swat and Malakand to carry out an operation against the militants in 2009. PHOTO: INP

Army troops were deployed in Swat and Malakand to carry out an operation against the militants in 2009. PHOTO: INP

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister Pervez Khattak approved the withdrawal of Pakistan Army from Swat and Malakand on Saturday, Express News reported.

He said that withdrawal of troops would begin from Buner and Shangla first.

Pakistan army troops had been ordered into the valley in 2009 by the then democratic government after militants had attempted to take over. After the successful completion of their operation and talks with the militants, it was decided that army personnel will be called off from the area.

“The army deployed in Swat and Malakand will start withdrawing next month,” reported Ehtisham Khan and added that K-P chief minister had signed the respective documents.

The government has struggled to eliminate militancy from the once peaceful valley. Last year in October, militants managed to shoot teenage peace and education activist Malala Yousufzai, and her two friends in Swat.

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  • Disappointed.
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Army withdraws – TTP invades.

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  • Jat
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Surrender completed, and withdrawal has begun.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:38PM

    what measure civil govt has taken to stop re entry of American/Indian funded TTP

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  • Ali
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:40PM

    Withdrawal of troops from Swat means giving Swat to Talibans once again.

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  • Mamu
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:50PM

    Great step taken CM Khattak.

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  • csmann
    Sep 14, 2013 - 10:52PM

    when do the foreign mercenaries start leaving the area. Oh! I forgot,they are guests!!

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  • Afroz
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:22PM

    Very brave and crucial decision by KPK govt. Lets pray they have all the necessary preparation to ward off any untoward happening by the miscreants.

    But one thing is appreciable that IK-PTI has the vision for country.

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  • Janu German
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:37PM

    Talibans will take full control of these cities as soon as Pakistani army completes withdraw.

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  • Babloo
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Peaceful, orderly with-drawl of forces as was from E pakistan.

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  • ali ahmed
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:45PM

    once again forces surrender to talibans after sacrificing 50000 pakistani …

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  • Nadir
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:54PM

    “Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister Pervez Khattak approved the withdrawal”, yeah right, as if the Army was waiting for his “approval”

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  • Grateful
    Sep 15, 2013 - 12:01AM

    Well done Pak Army..
    We are grateful and proud of you

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  • Zain ul Abideen
    Sep 15, 2013 - 12:50AM

    This is a positive sign. The PTI led government seems to have started taking its responsibility. I hope the civilian government is ready to take on the challenges.

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  • Jamal
    Sep 15, 2013 - 1:20AM

    @Nadir: Very right, army does not listen and is not under any civilian authority. They decide what they want to do. that’s the irony. The army should be under civilian control and Chief Minister (the chosen representative of the people of K-P) should have the authority to give an order to army if s/he decides to so.

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  • Mansoor
    Sep 15, 2013 - 2:11AM

    A disaster in waiting! The people of Swat and other areas will soon be at the mercy of the Taliban terrorists once again. Many a thanks to PTI!

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  • Flash Point
    Sep 15, 2013 - 3:10AM

    Gravest mistake, soon TTP will control KPK.

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  • a&a
    Sep 15, 2013 - 7:14AM

    @Nadir:
    Khattack had absolute no power to do so….
    Decision had been done by the Above…..
    Vicious cycle has begun again….!!!!!Recommend

  • Aysha M
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:03AM

    Sad day for Pak Army and the nation

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  • haroon
    Sep 15, 2013 - 8:23AM

    Police is the law enforcing agency in a civilian society and not the Army. So it is an excellent decision to remove Army. You can increase the capacity of police there instead. Police has the authority to prosecute and provide justice through courts. Army had it’s limitations in a civilian environment.

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  • Khan of Jandul
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Good Step by KP Government. Only Shangla and Buner is not enought, army should also pull out from other districts of Malakand division.

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  • Sep 15, 2013 - 9:32AM

    Here come the reality unfolding, when mullah and military combines it give birth to pti and they were imposed on Pakhtunkhwa, the fruit started coming out too soon and the talibs will be now given free hands
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    Poor emotional Pashtuns will regret doing away with anp in less then a yearRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:39AM

    WOW, “American/Indian funded TTP”!! Pleeeeeze tell us how you know that???

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  • Sep 15, 2013 - 9:40AM

    Here come the reality unfolding, when mullah and military combines it give birth to pti and they were imposed on Pakhtunkhwa, the fruit started coming out too soon and the talibs will be now given free hands
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    Poor emotional Pashtuns will regret doing away with anp in less then a year,

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  • Sep 15, 2013 - 9:41AM

    Here come the reality unfolding, when mullah and military combines it give birth to pti and they were imposed on Pakhtunkhwa, the fruit started coming out too soon and the talibs will be now given free hands
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    Poor emotional Pashtuns will regret doing away with anp in less then a year,,Recommend

  • Sep 15, 2013 - 10:24AM

    Here come the reality unfolding, when mullah and military combines it give birth to pti and they were imposed on Pakhtunkhwa, the fruit started coming out too soon and the talibs will be now given free hands
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    Poor emotional Pashtuns will regret doing away with anp in less then a year.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Sep 15, 2013 - 10:40AM

    Great decision!!! One is reminded of an old story of ‘The Arab and his camel’ and the results are going to be same what the Arab got by allowing the camel to enter his tent.

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  • Masood Khan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:02AM

    @csmann:

    Not guests, they are our own people/brothers — tabdeylee aa gayee hay!

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  • Masood Khan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 1:09PM

    @numbersnumbers:

    If don’t agree, then tell us who is funding TTP — your choice.

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  • Jat
    Sep 15, 2013 - 3:54PM

    3 army officers killed, 2 injured in Upper Dir IED blast – Major General Sanaullah, Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef and Sepoy Imran were killed when the device planted on a road exploded.

    Victory for Imran Khan, your own brothers/people !

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  • fari
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Great going #PTI ..first peace talks …n now #TTP is damnding release of 4750 #killer …thanks to #IK’s childish thinking …n now this …Army lost hundards of men to re-occupy Sawat …..#Shame on #PTI #IK n on ppl who still see #IK as reasonable person …#pityToAllSuch ….

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