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.