Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Terrorists are on the run, says Bajwa

Published: July 10, 2014
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IED factory discovered near Miramshah during operation. PHOTO: ISPR

IED factory discovered near Miramshah during operation. PHOTO: ISPR

MIRAMSHAH: Almost a month after Operation Zarb-e-Azb was formally started in mid June, the army allowed local and international media to visit Miramshah in North Waziristan, main centre for militants.

The on going operation has forced locals and militants to flee, leaving the town, and one of the major bases for the militants, deserted.

Media personnel were shown around the militant facilities. An al Qaeda-inspired flag along with weapons, explosives and other material recovered by the military were displayed.

During a media briefing, ISPR director Major General Asim Bajwa and Operation Commander Major General Zafar Khan said that as many as 400 terrorists have been killed while 130 have been injured in the operation so far. Over 2,000 IEDs were found from the 11 IED factories discovered by the military.

Maj-Gen Bajwa said they had also discovered the under ground tunnels that the militants had constructed in the area. At least one of the tunnels made by the militants was a kilometer long.

“This [Miramshah] was one of their major base, we have dislodged them from here and now they on the run,” said Bajwa.

“We have also discovered their command and control centre, which would definitely affect their capabilities,”

The spokesperson said the area was one of the stronghold of the militant and as military entered the area it was discovered that they have stored explosives and IEDs.

Giving details about the operation, the Operation Commander said that armed forces have gained control of the 80 per cent of the area.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Faisal
    Jul 10, 2014 - 3:20AM

    May we succeed and peace prevails. Amin

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  • Pakistani
    Jul 10, 2014 - 4:07AM

    Pakistanis are very proud of Pak Fauj

    Thank you for keeping us safe

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  • sabi
    Jul 10, 2014 - 5:15AM

    First change mongers used America’s enmity to destabilize the system through terrorism.When finally state awakes and starts exposing the stupidity of the fallacy of.their logic they suddenly change their logic and say no its NS that is the real problem.I’m curious what’s the next discourse or may be next destination Adiala jail or muk muka for life.

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  • Jibran
    Jul 10, 2014 - 5:49AM

    They were always a small fry once their sponsor-n-chief Ch. Nisar got neutralized.

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  • Pakhtun
    Jul 10, 2014 - 6:07AM

    Would have been much better if Nawaz negotiated with the resistance.

    There is no need for war.

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  • Jul 10, 2014 - 6:49AM

    When it all over let we have some peace and redevelop FATA for the good of there native
    population they have suffer enough 1st from rebel now from the authority.

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  • Rauf
    Jul 10, 2014 - 6:56AM

    No one is asking question, and the question is, has Pakistan army abondoned the theory of “strategic depth”? I do not trust Pakistan army as it lied all the way from the creation of Pakistan. Pakistan army suppressed civil rights, killed thousands of East Pakistanis, played role in the disappearance of Baluchis, the list is long enough to cover this limited space. I guess the Tribune need to show some courage and present real analysis.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 10, 2014 - 7:13AM

    @Pakhtun:
    Is that the same “resistance” that slaughtered and maimed more than 30,000 Pakistanis over the last decade???? I’d say that calls for a war!!!

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  • ;-)chief
    Jul 10, 2014 - 7:22AM

    From NW they moved to settled areas……….Recommend

  • Shafaq
    Jul 10, 2014 - 8:12AM

    Sir, they all are coming to Karachi now. Plz make sure they should be caught not escaped from there. Otherwise, every city or area of Pakistan will be in operation phase forever.

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  • Anwar
    Jul 10, 2014 - 8:25AM

    How is it that not a single Sr militant is captured? An operation is conducted based on intelligence reports which results in capture or elimination of leadership of militant. If militants are let off, they’ll comeback again & attack.

    I don’t see a point in this operation impacting lives of IDP’S..

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 10, 2014 - 8:46AM

    Sounds great if your goal was to move terrorist rather than eliminate them. This offensive is no different than the 09 S Waziristan offensive – except the USA isn’t going to write you a big check for this one.

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  • Khan
    Jul 10, 2014 - 10:45AM

    They are not on the run, they have got away…………..

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  • Jul 10, 2014 - 12:18PM

    @Pakhtun: With all the due respect, these people killed 47000 Pakistanis, played football with the severed heads of our jawans, blew up our schools, spread hate and changed the face of the country I knew while growing up – how can u say such a thing and still face yourself in the mirror!

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  • Sehrish
    Jul 10, 2014 - 12:54PM

    Shame on you @pakhtun! These grenade hurling animals have been on a killing spree for a decade! Countless Innocent men, women and children dead or injured. There is no such thing as peace talks with a group of people who are hungry for your blood! Will you answer to the family of the innocent deceased?

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  • Ahmed
    Jul 13, 2014 - 2:38AM

    Army & State both should disclose about the origin of all the weapons captured from these terrorist and bring out the facts. Today’s world is dominated by media. Our stupid media should also speak out and should name primarily India & Afghanistan being the mastermind and logistic support respectively. Media is another war-front and and Pakistani media should play their role rather than showing fights among the politicians and passing biased remarks. Its time to wake up.

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