PESHAWAR: At least 232 suspected militants were killed while 20 militant hideouts have been destroyed in North Waziristan during the Zarb-i-Azb military operation till date, DawnNews reported on Friday.

Eight security personnel have been killed so far, while seven others were injured during the operation.

Two major terrorist communication centers located on the hills and a bomb-making factory were destroyed.

According to military sources, the operation is ongoing in Miramshah and Mir Ali and militants’ attempts to escape have ben foiled. According to ISPR, troops have cordoned off all areas in North Waziristan to foil attempts by terrorists to flee the tribal agency.

It is expected that the operation will see greater on-ground action in the upcoming days.

The army launched its long-awaited major operation 'Zarb-i-Azb' in the tribal region a week after an attack on the airport in Karachi, deploying troops, tanks and jets to the area in the crackdown on the Taliban and other militants.

The number of registered displaced families has reached 7,031 comprising over 100,000 people. Today is the last day for locals to evacuate the area.


Hafiz Gul Bahadur announces 'defensive war'


Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur announced on Thursday to launch a ‘defensive war’ from Friday.

His spokesman Ahamdullah Ahmadi told Dawn on phone from an unspecified place that the Shura North Waziristan Agency had never been part of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

He said the purpose of the ‘defensive war’ was to avoid losses.

He said the Shura had not allowed the TTP to use the soil of North Waziristan for its activities.


Operation Zarb-i-Azb: Interactive map


Latest: 30,000 soldiers involved in operation - over 250 insurgents killed.


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Interactive map produced by: Sana Malik | Mahnoor Bari | Gulzar Nayani

Data gathered from ISPR and Dawn


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Faruq
Jun 20, 2014 11:15am

I'm a but concerned. Not sure exactly how many militants there were in N. Waziristan, but it seems like the army hasn't encountered much yet. I just hope they haven't escaped to wreak havoc in other places yet.

Syed Shabib Ali Rizvi
Jun 20, 2014 11:15am

A Big Salute to Brave Soldiers of Pakistan Armed Forces. Inshallah these terrorist will have no room to run away Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan Army Zindabad

Bilal
Jun 20, 2014 11:48am

They are trying to spread disinformation, remember media is another front where we need to win. If they never supported TTP, then they should have relocated as part of IDPs or surrendered. A patriot would never fight the army.

Kashif DXB
Jun 20, 2014 11:50am

232 vs 8 kills. Very good performance of our security force. Let finish this monster once for all.

Also TTP is falling apart, many factions who been carrying TTP flag are now disowning the brand.

Someguy
Jun 20, 2014 11:56am

Get 'em boys. Make our nation proud

Awais
Jun 20, 2014 12:01pm

Prays this brings peace to the region.

honest
Jun 20, 2014 12:03pm

good Pak Army.

Bharat
Jun 20, 2014 12:10pm

You can drift through life's and let others take over. Or you can defend your values and use attack as a means of defence. Hope your values are starting to include the defence of minorities, and people with vey different views

John
Jun 20, 2014 12:28pm

@Syed Shabib Ali Rizvi what Pakistan zindabad? The army creates these problems and then to gain the peoples' favour tries to solve them. We have not seen any dead bodies. What is the basis of these numbers which the army is claiming? It's a ridiculous exercise especially when the army and the Taliban are hand in glove, the Taliban being their strategic assets to be used for its misadventures.

Danish
Jun 20, 2014 12:50pm

Salute to our brave Army. Eliminate them before they try to move to various cities. Secondly, an urban operation is required as well so as to filter the main of Pakistan.

immortal_soloist
Jun 20, 2014 01:01pm

A major salute to the Armed forces of Pakistan.

Long live Pakistan Army!

Kaleem
Jun 20, 2014 01:07pm

Those 8 soldiers who embraced death for us, We SALUTE you.

Mohammad Akhtar
Jun 20, 2014 01:09pm

May Allah grant freedom to Pakistan and its citizens from terror and extremism. Army should stay there permanent. I do care the goodwill of Pakistani people and I do have lot of pain because they are suffering by terrorists and being used by politician. I hope for the best for you all.

Aysha
Jun 20, 2014 01:11pm

bomb making factories in mountains? oh my god. Where was pak govt sleeping?

Parvez
Jun 20, 2014 01:33pm

Why did Musharraf and Kayani NOT do this type of operation ??????

NORI
Jun 20, 2014 01:43pm

Has Pakistani army seen the dead bodies of 232 terrorists and if yes, can they provide the photos ? If there is no proof, how could you believe ? What's the guarantee that all of those were terrorists and no civilians ? Also, what are the names and ranks of army personnel killed so that, Pakistanis can pay their respects to them. Surprisingly, most of those who commented here fail to question.

backbencher
Jun 20, 2014 02:00pm

@Faruq I think they are waiting for the civilians to evacuate first and then they can have a full on operation.

edwardian
Jun 20, 2014 02:00pm

@Parvez ...You just woken up. It is same old story.

AH
Jun 20, 2014 02:13pm

Defensive war? Against whom? The report alludes to TTP, who hadn't been given permission to use the territory but it's such an incomplete report.. The contributor was in an awful hurry!

Musa
Jun 20, 2014 02:41pm

Headlines read 232 militants killled, but the story continues 232 "SUSPECTED" militants!!! So which one is it??

Valiya
Jun 22, 2014 06:05pm

The Militants are well trained and heavy armed, so 8 against 232 is unbelievable. kindly provide the actual figures of causality from both side and display the crops as showing in IraqiTV.