—File Photo.
—File Photo.

LANDI KOTAL: Security forces regained control of some strategic heights in Tirah valley after a fresh offensive in which 35 militants were killed, said a statement issued by the ISPR on Sunday.mi

One soldier lost his life and five others suffered injuries during the operation which started on June 6 and continued till Saturday.

The ISPR said that security forces had taken control of the centrally located Dary Stana ridge overlooking most areas of Maidan and Kukikhel. “Security forces have successfully flushed out Taliban from their stronghold of Darwazgai Kandao,” it said. Fighting was more intense in Karna Khel, Barani and Zarkanai areas.

According to sources, during the recent offensive the soldiers were backed by tribal lashkars of Malikdin Khel and Shalobar. They said that after taking control in February of Bagh Maidan, the headquarters of the pro-government Ansarul Islam group, militants had set fire to about 300 houses belonging to the tribesmen of Malikdin Khel, Bar Qambar Khel, Shalobar and Zakhakhel.

They said that while the army had descended on the Maidan from Angori Sangar and Kala Woch hilltops, a large number of volunteers of Malikdin Khel and Shalibar lashkars reached Warsak area of Shalobar and Umarkhel of Malikdin Khel from the Dabori side of Orakzai Agency after the troops had cleared the areas of militants.

They said the entire Maidan valley would be under the control of the security forces within days since they were already in control of more than 50 per cent areas of Bar Qambar Khel, Zakhakhel and Malikdin Khel. The troops have taken the areas of Haider Kandao, Qismat Sangar and Tirah Sangar and their control is now being handed over to the volunteers of peace committees headed by Hani Naseeb and Haji Kaptan.—Correspondent

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Comments (5) (Closed)


BQ
Jun 10, 2013 08:13am

We thank our arms forces for their services

Zain
Jun 10, 2013 09:29am

Good work to get rid of terrorists. Pakistan government set of laws should be held in that area.

Mateen
Jun 11, 2013 05:36pm

Too bad the international Media seldom gives credit to the Pakistani army but instead resorts to demonising and belittling any and every efforts the Pak armed forces have been committed towards thwarting in this terrorist situation which AMERICA started post 911.

Hope Nawaz Sharif can really deliver on his promise to end the dronestrikes in Waziristan, this will remove support for militants from the locals and easen the burden on the military as well as the nation.

Assad
Jun 11, 2013 06:19pm

Pakistan Army zindabad! The nation is behind you and appreciates all of the sacrifices that you are making to safeguard our nation! May the Almighty keep all of our officers and men in His protection and give them nusrah over the enemies of Pakistan. Ameen.

bkt
Jun 12, 2013 04:51pm

Way to go Pak Army!