Meanwhile, in a fresh clash on Wednesday, at least 11 militants and four security personnel including an officer were killed in Mir Ali. – File Photo
Meanwhile, in a fresh clash on Wednesday, at least 11 militants and four security personnel including an officer were killed in Mir Ali. – File Photo

PESHAWAR: Following massive airstrikes by Pakistani jet fighters in North Waziristan last night, Taliban militants met at an undisclosed location on Wednesday to reconsider a non-aggression treaty with the government.

A spokesman for Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who leads hundreds of fighters in the area, condemned the airstrikes that, according to Pakistani military officials, killed at least 60 militants and injured 30 others last night.

Ahmadullah Ahmadi said the group “cannot remain silent over bombardment on people,” calling it a clear atrocity on the civilians.

He said that the Shura (council) has convened this important meeting to assess the situation and hinted that the peace accord with the government might get revoked.

The spokesman warned that the government would be responsible for any destruction in case it did not stop the military offensive.

Pakistani warplanes and helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali and Miramshah near the Afghan border, killing 60 fighters.

The Pakistan Army in a statement said “60 hard-core terrorists” including “important commanders and foreigners” were killed in the strikes, without providing further details, and that another 30 were wounded.

Intelligence reports and other investigations confirmed the linkage of some recent terrorist acts across the country with militants targeted in the strikes, said the ISPR statement.

One resident, who identified himself as Saeedullah Khan, said the army had also been firing artillery rounds since early morning.

Another resident, Inamullah, said the airstrikes destroyed several homes and nearby shops in Mir Ali's bazaar, causing civilian casualties.

The claims by the army and residents could not be independently verified. The lawless tribal area is off-limits to journalists.


Clash leaves 11 militants, four security personnel dead in N Waziristan


In a fresh clash between Pakistani security forces and Taliban militants, at least 11 terrorists were killed in Mir Ali of North Waziristan, said an ISPR spokesman on Wednesday.

Four security forces personnel including an officer were also killed in the clash, he added.

Waziristan is part of Pakistan's tribal region, which is home to Taliban and al Qaeda-linked foreign militants who have killed thousands of people.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been pursuing a policy of negotiation with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to end the violence, but those efforts have not yet yielded any results.

– Zahir Shah Sherazi contributed to the reporting of this story


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Chanpeer
May 21, 2014 10:12pm

What a double-standard!

AAA
May 21, 2014 11:16pm

What they achieved after that all?

bkt
May 22, 2014 12:02am

What the TTP don't understand is that now everyone feels we've been too soft on them. Which means if they revoke, the casualties will be multiplied and their bhatta collection will be stopped.

Nazir
May 22, 2014 12:35am

They keep killing our soldiers and civilians with us to be just in silent state. Army and air force have done a great job. They must continue until all eradicated.

independentthinker
May 22, 2014 12:40am

Without a doubt, there will be civilian casualties - however, if it does bring an end to these insurgents and we can once again, live in peace without any fear of mosques, shopping centers, schools, etc. blowing up, I believe it is worth the cost. Let them continue their threats of ultimatums - there is no choice. We cannot negotiate with cancer and say, it can stay in a certain part of our body, but not the rest. If it is allowed to stay, it is bound to spread. There is no choice. This disease needs to be removed, one way or another, otherwise, it is an end for all of us!

Mohammad Akhtar
May 22, 2014 01:16am

Good Job security forces. Keep the pressure on terrorist until they do not find any place to hide on this globe. God is watching them for murdering innocent childern, men and women. Their minds are twisted and they have zero IQ.

Dr. Sehar Khan
May 22, 2014 01:16am

Job Well Done!!! This is the only language "Zaliman" understand...Snuff them out from their caves.

Red Dawn
May 22, 2014 01:19am

Nothing is happening on this front, till army isnt clear about the future of afghanistan. They are keeping their pawns with fingers crossed till then.

Ahmer
May 22, 2014 01:41am

No respite to these animals now, accord or no accord. Let them learn the hard way that it is not the same kind hearted fatherly Pakistan any more.

Iqbal
May 22, 2014 02:08am

I hope the talks continue. This has been the most successful strategy at eliminating the Taliban. The attacks on civilians have largely stopped due to the peace talks. As a bonus, they've gathered in North Waziristan to die at the hands of our armed forces.

I think it's quite brilliant. Please keep showing the most sincere efforts Mr. Sharif. Release a few prisoners only to pound them with missiles. I don't care which ones, drones or F16s.

Naseer
May 22, 2014 02:36am

TTP will ask for a cease fire again an everything will halt in the name of peace dialogue.

Let's stop playing games and get the job done. May the FORCE be with you :-)

syedshareef@yahoo.com
May 22, 2014 02:41am

@Nazir True.

kirther
May 22, 2014 02:49am

PML-N government has already wasted too much time on pretext of negotiating with terrorist, how can anybody even think of negotiating with terrorist who have already murdered hundreds of innocent people including women and children. Government should take rapid and decisive action to get rid of terrorist and extremist elements--Pakistan belongs to only law abiding citizens, even corrupt officials should not be tolerated.

Qasim
May 22, 2014 03:08am

No doubt our intelligence agencies and army personals are with us. Go Pakistan Army - We as a nation stand behind you.!! (Y)

Mustafa
May 22, 2014 03:20am

Will the bombardment reunite the two factions within TTP against their common enemy (us)? Only time will tell whether or not it was wise to pound them at such a time when they were busy killing each other.

junaid
May 22, 2014 10:15am

@Mustafa Rifts in TTP are not in their favor so they want them to shun their differences and reunite against me and you and the ordinary pakistanis

khan
May 22, 2014 11:29am

yes..we should talk to them but in the LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND

nasir
May 22, 2014 11:40am

My sincere condolence with Imran Khan and Maulvis who will be very disturbed by the death of these killers .

Mian Shahid Mehmood
May 22, 2014 11:47am

Government and Security forces should not be bothered about sham peace talk and treaty. The only way to stamp out the criminals from the tribal areas of Pakistan is use of force. At last the government has taken very right decision to start the operation.

Naokhaiz Afaqui
May 22, 2014 01:57pm

@nasir : Well said

Abuzar
May 22, 2014 02:17pm

@AAA Enemies of Pakistan will join there hands together.

faisal
May 22, 2014 02:20pm

We love you army guys... keep carrots and sticks ready...disperse and kill these animals.. There is no good Talibs they are all same . .. if good talibs were with us why are they supporting paki talibs... honestly we have enough and are fedup from these people ...afghan talibs have lost their crediability by supporting paki talibs ........ Army has really worked very hard and lost alot of precious lives...keep pushing them to holes kill them there... We love you all

Abuzar
May 22, 2014 02:35pm

@Mustafa you mean to say that we should keep silent and let them kill Pakistanis, let them collect bhatta, ransom money to finance their crimes.

Mustafa
May 22, 2014 11:53pm

@Mustafa : One Mustafa telling the other Mustafa. Why are you bringing US in the fight between Pakistan and Taliban? I can not blame you. All supporters of militants and terrorists claim it is US war on terror not Pakistan's war on terror. They are so blind that they can not see that Pakistanis are the victims of terror, not Americans. May Allah give them wisdom to understand and accept the truth.

Nadeem
May 23, 2014 12:21pm

It's good news Pakistan Army is chucking phattas of Taliban, Keep it up we are with our brave army

Muhammad Zahir Shah
May 24, 2014 10:20am

Everyone inside Pakistan who listen to Taliban are whether they know or not enemies of Pakistan.