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‘110’ Militants Killed in Tirah Valley

by Nazar Ul Islam
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A paramilitary soldier at a checkpost in Khyber agency, March 15. A. Majeed—AFP

A paramilitary soldier at a checkpost in Khyber agency, March 15. A. Majeed—AFP

Pakistan Army official says 110 militants, 23 soldiers killed in Tirah offensive.

At least 110 militants have been killed in a military operation in Pakistan’s federally-administered tribal areas, a senior Army official told Newsweek late Monday.

“The Army seized control of strategic posts from the militants and ground troops have established their positions,” said the official, who wished not to be named. He said 23 Pakistani troops have been killed and another 13 injured fighting the joint forces of the Lashkar-e-Islam militia and the Pakistani Taliban in Tirah valley.

The high-pitch battle in Khyber agency’s Tirah valley started Friday, after the Pakistani Taliban occupied the valley last month, forcing an exodus of residents to Peshawar. According to U.N. estimates, some 40,000 people from the valley—most of them women and children—are now taking refuge in the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The fighting is expected to continue. “The military has established its position on ground, and is advancing gradually with additional support from gunship jets and helicopters,” said the official. He said the military had suffered heavy casualties due to the large-scale targeted operation it has launched against the militants.

The offensive in Tirah valley was necessary, said the official, to ensure that the security situation in Peshawar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province does not get out of hand ahead of the May 11 elections for Pakistan’s national and provincial assemblies.

Control over Khyber agency is also critical to ensure the protection of supply lines used by U.S.-led NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Adnan April 9, 2013 - 10:42 am

According to local sources the invaders so called TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) men came from across the Afghanistan border, they established a well organized supply line from Afghanistan up-to Tirah valley where they were holding position, after bribing local tribes in US dollar currency. They are get ammunition and other resources across the boarder from Afghanistan.
This is very interesting picture, this so call TTP could not launch a single operation or act of terrorism in Pakistan along the Pak Afghan boarder during the sanction (Stoppage of supplies) on the US and NATO supplies to Afghanistan by road through Pakistan. This clearly indicates that due to shortage of supplies in Afghanistan these elements were not getting enough resources to carry out acts of terrorism in Pakistan, it apparently seem justified to make a statement that these elements of TTP are getting training and hardware resources, form NATO and American operational bodies in Afghanistan.
This presents a very alarming picture i.e., America and its associated elements are playing a double game against Pakistan. Further to it one can asses Pakistan Government is fully aware of this situation but it also shows the inability of Pakistan’s higher leadership / management to stand to his challenge and do appropriate measure to get Pakistan out of this situation.
Pakistan is in real meaning under attack for America and American allies. These kind of damage limitation and mitigation measure as conducted by Pakistan Army in Tirah Valley and else where in Tribal belt are not the cure / solution of this problem (Terror War).
It is the need of time to seriously discuss the current situation which Pakistan is facing from last 10 years, by the top management of country and resolve the issue of relationship with America for once and all, for the best interest of Pakistan nation, and to do so we have to come with clarity of mind and stop our self from being get bribed by America.

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javedalam April 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

I appreciate

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B.Awan April 10, 2013 - 12:07 am

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