PESHAWAR - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed the confidence that Pakistan will win the war against terrorism as the entire nation was supporting the armed forces and the country has the ability to face every challenge.
The prime minister said this during his visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters, where he was briefed by about operation “Zarb-e-Azb”, launched against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and chief minister, and defence SAFRON ministers were also present on the occasion.
The security across the country has been tightened over fears of backlash from Taliban and their associates. Military mouthpiece ISPR said that at least 12 terrorists including foreigners were killed when Army Cobra gunship helicopters on Friday pounded militant hideouts in outskirts of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
The goal of achieving peace is not very far and I have full confidence that with the help of Almighty Allah, we will win this war,” PM Nawaz said after he was briefed on different stages of operation and present status of internally displaced people (IDPs). He said the pace of success in operation Zarb-e-Azb is very encouraging. He said the government and armed forces would ensure provision of all possible help to affected tribal people and the federal government would provide resources in this regard.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Khalid Rabbani received the PM at Corps Headquarters when he reached there along with Governor Mehtab Khan, CM Khattak, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch. The prime minister later laid a wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada at the Headquarters of 11 Corps and prayed for the departed souls. He also held meetings with KPK Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan and Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak at the Governor House.
It has been learnt that during the meeting with army officers, the prime minister was informed that 232 terrorists have been killed in the ongoing operation in North Waziristan. As many as 20 hideouts of the terrorists have also been destroyed. Eight security persons embraced martyrdom and seven were injured while fighting against the terrorists in NWA.
ISPR in a statement said that during Friday’s operations gunship helicopters pounded militant hideouts at Qutab Khel area near Miranshah killing 12 terrorists. It said three positions of the militants were also destroyed in the early morning strike. Besides, a huge cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed. The ISPR added that it was an integrated action by cobra gunships, artillery and snipers.
The operation Zarb-e-Azb progresses as per plan. The terrorists inside cordoned area are making desperate attempts to flee from area, it informed. At least six attempts of escape have been foiled last night. Moreover, three locals who did not have any identity proof were apprehended while trying to flee the cordon, the statement explained. Another 24 suspects who were trying to flee in the garb of IDPs have been apprehended at various strangulation check posts in Mirali and Miranshah, the media wing of the armed forces said.
On the other hand, an organised evacuation of IDPs continues from North Waziristan towards FR Bannu. Till now, a total of 200,000 tribesmen have been evacuated from the area, it stated. So far, 11 families consisting of 92 individuals have been enlisted in the IDP camp, Bakkakhel, district Bannu, the main city near NWA where most of the IDPs are taking shelter, it said.
Not only this, additional lady searchers police, Nadra mobile vans and smart card vans have been placed at IDP registration point to further streamline the registration process at Saidgai registration point. In this connection, a total 20 booths, 10 each for male and females IDPs are continuously functioning for expeditious registration and move out of Agency.
Furthermore, the other day, some 400 Afghan families left North Waziristan for Afghanistan through Ghulam Khan Border village, who were provided all required administrative assistance, the statement said.