No air strikes carried out today in North Waziristan: ISPR

Published: May 22, 2014
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File photo of gunship helicopters. PHOTO: ISPR

File photo of gunship helicopters. PHOTO: ISPR

MIRANSHAH / PESHAWAR: A day after military action in North Waziristan agency killed 60 militants, terrorists targeted military camps in the region, an ISPR spokesperson said on Thursday.

An encounter around Mir Ali also took place yesterday afternoon in which 11 terrorists and four security forces personnel were also killed, the spokesperson added.

Further, the ISPR said, two IEDs were neutralised in Mir Ali and three injured soldiers from Wednesday’s encounter were taken to CMH Peshawar.

The media wing of the military went on to clarify that no air strikes were  carried out in North Wazirastan on Thursday. The statement said fire raids on Miramshah camp by terrorists from Machis village were dealt with by local commanders.

Earlier reports claimed that air strikes targeting suspected militant hideouts continued in North Waziristan for a second day on Thursday.

A curfew was imposed in the agency as military aircraft targeted the hideouts of suspected militants in Miramshah, Reuters reported.

The offensive targeted the Matchis Camp, an area set up to house Afghan refugees but now a hub for local and foreign militants, Siraj Ahmed, the highest government official in the region, told Reuters by telephone.

Residents said helicopter gunships flattened houses and compounds in Matchis Camp while ground forces surrounded the area.

Pakistani-made surveillance drones also hovered over the area all morning, the first time the country has launched unmanned aircraft.

“We announced yesterday that people should leave the area,” Ahmed said. “This morning, tanks moved in and helicopter ships began demolishing houses in the Machis camp area.”

The Pakistan government signed an unofficial non-aggression pact with pro-government militants in the area in 2007 and there has been no ground offensive in the area since.

“The offensive could be the army’s toughest test in years,” a senior military official said.

On May 21, warplanes had bombed suspected hideouts of militants in North Waziristan, killing and wounding dozens of militants.

In pre-dawn strikes, fighter jets and helicopter gunships had raided targets in Miramshah, Mir Ali, Datta Khel, Ghulam Khan and Spen Wam tehsils of North Waziristan, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). At least 60 hardcore militants, including some key commanders and foreigners, were killed and around 30 wounded, it had claimed.

The identity of most of the dead could not be verified independently, but two of the dead commanders were identified as Mosa Khan Mehsud and Sabir Mehsud.

In the afternoon yesterday, five security personnel were killed and seven injured in a clash with militants in the Mir Ali Bazaar area.  According to an official, the clash had taken place during a search operation by security forces. He had stated that one army major was among the fatalities. In a retaliatory action by security forces, at least 13 militants were killed, he had added.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Pakistani
    May 22, 2014 - 11:36AM

    Good Move!! Its is better to fight and lose lives than to ask for ”peace talks” and get the same.

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  • Arsalan
    May 22, 2014 - 11:36AM

    Get them… and finish them once for all…..a great news….

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  • Pakistani
    May 22, 2014 - 11:37AM

    Good Move!! Its is better to fight and lose lives than to ask for ”peace talks” and get the same.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    May 22, 2014 - 11:41AM

    At least now by this consecutive second day’s attack this has proven that operation has been launched against TTP and peace talks’ doors have been closed…….

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  • Wali
    May 22, 2014 - 11:51AM

    How do you verify the claim of “At least 60 hardcore militants, including some key commanders and foreigners, were killed and around 30 wounded”!?

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  • crazy
    May 22, 2014 - 12:43PM

    @Wali:
    and how do you verify that it is not the case?

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  • observer
    May 22, 2014 - 12:50PM

    Pakistan has to take ownership of all people who reside within its borders. Pakistan has to deliver, i.e. educate its citizens, provide food, clothing, housing, employment, health cover. After this bombing ends what then.?

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  • Bajee
    May 22, 2014 - 12:55PM

    @Wali:
    Pakistan Air Force has the latest technology to properly recognize and target militants with minimum collateral damage.

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  • Sohail
    May 22, 2014 - 12:57PM

    Well done our army needs our full moral support and backing. Lets not create confusion by getting into the debate of the details of the operation. The army needs a free hand to eradicate this menace.

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  • Dan
    May 22, 2014 - 1:57PM

    The real motive behind this series of attack seems to mount a continuous pressure on the Government, not because of militant’s issue, but rather at a different front, where the two have become rivals. The media front.

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  • Lunacyassailam
    May 22, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Scythians cant keep ethnic cleansing innocent Pushtoons and Arabs who want to settle in their own land.Scythians are now settled in Indus(Indian Land).So for both the pakthoons and the Indians, the Scythians are foreigners.Please go back to the mountains in Kyrgyzstan and live with your people.Pakthoons will rise up again inshallah.

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  • Name
    May 22, 2014 - 2:27PM

    @Wali:
    There is no independent verification. Investigative journalism is unheard of in Pakistan.

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  • Shahriyar
    May 22, 2014 - 2:40PM

    Take it to the very end this time instead of continuing playing games

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  • Parvez
    May 22, 2014 - 3:02PM

    Kindly finish the job and.then even if you get 4 new BMW’s the people will still cheer for you.

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  • Karachi Guy
    May 22, 2014 - 3:05PM

    Non sense. People please…. Do not believe a single word. You’ll see in near future what this exercise was. I do not believe anything but civilians died in it. Talibans perform gorilla warfare, it is childish to say that they would be there in localities after may 21st. They would be in caves for sure. False exercises, 100%.

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  • Last Word
    May 22, 2014 - 3:14PM

    ET
    What is latest score please ?

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  • May 22, 2014 - 3:51PM

    Now there will be bomb attack in retaliation and there will be series of condemnation but people won’t say who broke peace deal in this matter.And common men and women will die on the streets.

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  • US Rathore
    May 22, 2014 - 4:06PM

    How can an elected government pound its citizens with bombs and rockets, raze their houses and properties to the ground and make them refugees? Since 2008, this has been the modus operandi of the army, but what has been achieved? It has only alienated tribal people, uprooted them from their homes and hearths and pushed them towards jihad and crimes. In quelling insurgencies a government or an army cannot and should not behave like an aggressor. It is bound to snowball into a bigger catastrophe.

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  • Shaikh Mohommad
    May 22, 2014 - 4:22PM

    This policy of indiscriminate bombing is causing mayhem and destruction to all and sundry. The so-called militants are not the only people suffering. The huge populations are suffering and the Army’s reputation is being damaged by these actions. Will the Army return to the barracks and let the civilian administration deal with the situation? Have we not learnt from the past Military operations which resulted in creation of Bangla Desh? In the end, are the Army carrying out orders of Defense Ministry or orders emanating from Washington?

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  • vasan
    May 22, 2014 - 4:55PM

    What is the collateral damage? I mean the civilian death count. Hope it is minimum

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  • Gul
    May 22, 2014 - 5:05PM

    Leave Pakhtuns alone.

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  • Feroz
    May 22, 2014 - 5:21PM

    @US Rathore:
    The site in question was a camp meant to house Aghan refugees.
    Therefore, your “pound its citizens with bombs and rockets” is rather incorrect.
    Afghan refugees/miscreants are not Pakistani citizens.

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  • unbelievable
    May 22, 2014 - 6:10PM

    “This morning, tanks moved in and
    helicopter ships began demolishing
    houses in the Matchis camp area.”

    Sounds like your dismantling refugee camp rather than fighting terrorist.

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  • Typical Desi
    May 22, 2014 - 9:14PM

    @AllPTIminions What was wrong with drones then ? It could have saved energies of our khakis!!!

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  • Abrar Tariq
    May 22, 2014 - 11:33PM

    Well, I am in favour of Peace talks with TTP. It has been reported that More than 40 civilians have been killed in air Strikes. If army countinues to do what they are doing then, educated People like me, have to Support TTP , rather than Army. Stop Killing People, even If there are forigners in N.Wazirastan, then what ? They are humen. A forigner muslim is as important as a pakistani muslim. Treat them with equality, talk to them, give them a chance to get back to their lives.. ARMY….. STOP IT

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  • sohi786
    May 22, 2014 - 11:57PM

    Let us all wage war against the mir jafars n mir sadiqs in our parliaments and then worry about foreigners.
    The damage these traitors are causing is far more serious than the damage caused by the obvious enemy.
    Terorists kill hundreds every year BUT these traitors amongst us kill hundreds every day, by failing to provide the basic means for existence!
    Once we rid ourselves of traitors within, dare they shall not to look towards our borders let alone crossin them!

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  • imran bhatt
    May 23, 2014 - 1:37AM

    When we kill its OK but when does the same with minimal civilian damage its not OK. Hypocrisy of highest order.

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