PESHAWAR - NWFP government on Friday said that military operation should be extended to other parts of the province and FATA to completely wipe out terrorism otherwise militants would resurge from other areas after Swat operation. If the security forces sincerely want to flush out terrorists, military operations should be launched everywhere against them, said Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussein in a routine press briefing. Taliban, either based in Swat or elsewhere in the country are the same, which must be eliminated at all costs, he added. It is the most suitable time to crush terrorists as for the first time all political leaders, security agencies and the general public have unanimously agreed to one point agenda, which is the elimination of terrorists, he said. He urged the security forces not to lose this golden opportunity of political support in war against terrorists, who are a threat not only to the country but to the humanity at large as well. When asked of Maulana Fazlullahs death in security forces shelling, he expressed ignorance and said that all militants leading figures had gone underground and no one knew of their whereabouts. He also added that it could be a rumour. He also said that within next three weeks or a month, Swat would be cleared of terrorists and security forces in coming few days would establish control over the entire area of Lower Dir. He further said that government had restored its writ up to Daggar Tehsil of Buner. He also asked the IDPs from Daggar to return to their homes. Talking of the influx of the displaced persons, he said that IDPs had touched the figure of 1.71 million. He also hailed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for extending support to the NWFP government during crisis. Reuters/AFP add: Authorities temporarily lifted a curfew on Friday to enable thousands of people to flee the fighting in the militant bastion of Swat and join more than 800,000 who have already left. The military said the curfew had been lifted in Minogra, Swats main town which the Taliban still control, and other areas for eight hours. We have been waiting for the curfew to be lifted as the fighting has intensified and our food was almost finished, said Mohammad Zari, fleeing Minogra on foot with his family. The curfew suspended from dawn until mid-afternoon, and local administration chief Arshad Khan said residents had been advised to leave - and were doing so. People are leaving in large numbers, Khan said. They are vacating their homes. Hundreds of vehicles including buses, cars, rickshaws, pickups and motorbikes were seen crossing the Shaguna Naka checkpoint at the exit of the conflict zone. People sat on the roofs of buses and backs of trucks with their bedding and clothes as they headed for Mardan 30 km away where authorities have set up camps for the displaced people. The situation is very, very bad. We have no hope for life, said a young man who identified himself only as Ibrahim. He said he came with 30 people who fled Odigram village near Mingora to escape the fighting. We are going to Mardan. We are just going to sit under a tree somewhere. We just want some safety for our children, he told AFP at the checkpoint. It was painful, every second we thought we were dying. There was a lot of bombing and shelling, he said, adding that the entire market in his village was destroyed. The Taliban have dug mines and the army is shelling, Hamid, who also gave only his first name, told AFP. One of my family members was injured, he said as his elderly grandmother sitting in a cabin of a truck next to him was crying and wiping tears with a headscarf. My shop was targeted and our own business destroyed. Mortar shells killed three children in front of me. We want a safe place outside Swat, he said. The military says its forces have encircled Mingora, which is held by fighters who have waged a brutal insurgency to extend their control. There are also concerns that the army campaign - including artillery bombardment, attacks by helicopter gunships and commandos dropped behind Taliban lines - will grow more and more unpopular among civilians. Naeem Akhtar from Mingora who works in a bank was travelling with his wife and two children in a bullet-riddled car. He said he was furious over the military action. Four members of my family were killed in shelling. The army did it. We have spent the last two weeks in hell. The military says up to 15,000 troops are taking on about 4,000 well-armed fighters in Swat, where Islamabad has ordered a battle to eliminate the militants branded by Washington as the greatest terror threat to the West. UNHCR spokeswoman Ariane Rummery said Friday the fighting has sent 907,298 people fleeing Swat as well as the areas of Lower Dir and Buner, while hundreds of thousands are believed still trapped in the conflict zone. She gave no figure on Fridays influx. Military insists it is taking all possible measures to lessen civilian casualties and avoid populated areas, but analysts have warned that general public support for the offensive could sour as the human cost soars. Before Friday, the military estimated that around 200,000 people remained in Mingora. Monitoring Desk adds: NWFP government spokesman and Information Minister Mian Iftikhar has said that there is a possibility that Taliban leaders Shah Dauran and Maulvi Fazlullah may have been killed in the ongoing operations. Talking to a private TV channel, he said Their posts have been destroyed by the security forces and both of them could have been killed in military strikes.