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A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder soaring high in the sky. — File photo by PPI A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder soaring high in the sky. — File photo by PPI

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: At least 13 suspected militants were killed and five hideouts were destroyed in fresh strikes carried out by Pakistan's military jet fighters on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The statement added that 12 suspected militants surrendered to security forces in North Waziristan tribal region.

Army chief visits Aviation Base

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif visited the newly set up premier helicopter overhauling facility at Aviation Base Workshop today and witnessed the first batch of overhauled helicopters.

Addressing on the occasion, Chief of Army staff, congratulated engineers and technicians of Aviation Base Workshop for having developed the first ever inland helicopter overhauling capability in collaboration with Saint Petersburg Aviation Repair Company (SPARC).

He specially appreciated the team for cost effectiveness and time reduction achieved due to our own overhauling facility.

Chief of Army Staff emphasised on enhanced self reliance and continuous skill development to meet the growing challenges of maintaining high operational readiness of Army Aviation.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of serving and retired military officers.

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 operation resulted in an exodus of residents belonging to North Waziristan tribal region and according to official figures the number of internally displaced persons had crossed 450,000 persons.

The number of IDPS is expected to cross 600,000.

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Comments (23) Closed

Amir LasColinas Tx
Jun 25, 2014 06:38pm

Nothing better than surrendering terrorists. Shows their resolve and morale are broken.

Jun 25, 2014 06:57pm

Security of Pakistan is of utmost important.

Jun 25, 2014 07:00pm

It's a good sign when these terrorists start to surrender.

Jun 25, 2014 07:00pm

The surrender is the beginning of the end for the terrorists in North Waziristan, Inshalah. The next awaited targets are their dens in Southern Punjab and Karachi.

Jun 25, 2014 07:33pm

Suspected militants? They have surrendered now, what is there to suspect about?

Jun 25, 2014 08:01pm

Human intelligence with precise strikes will kill these terrorists. A safe Pakistan Insha ALLAH will bring peace at home and the region.

Jun 25, 2014 08:30pm

What happen to the trip by the PM to Istunbul , Turkey , about that joint production of helicopters with Turkey

Haider Rehman
Jun 25, 2014 08:57pm

Put the terrorists who surrended in rehabilitation centres after interrogation.

Jun 25, 2014 09:10pm

@Khan - that was just another foreign trip as usual.

Jun 25, 2014 09:33pm

And absolutely no civilians casualties.

Jun 25, 2014 10:13pm

@Haider Rehman Jail is more preferable.

Ahmed iqbal
Jun 25, 2014 10:25pm

Thanks to Pakistan judiciary, they will released soon.

Mustafa J.
Jun 25, 2014 11:18pm

Praise be to Allah who is giving success to Pakistan Military against militants and terrorists, the enemies of Pakistan.

Jun 25, 2014 11:48pm

Armed Forces: Good Job. Keep up the good work. Finish them all. The Nation supports you.

Jun 26, 2014 01:27am

Great news. Surrender will break the terrorist morale.

Jun 26, 2014 01:49am

The militants who surrendered must be treated humanely. They should not be tortured, but agencies should use all legal and humane means to extract information out of them. They could provide vital information to apprehend others.

We should not lower ourselves to their standards.

Jun 26, 2014 03:06am

What a shameful nation that sees it fit to kill suspects without due process. May Allah guide us and teach us the value of working within the legal frame work and fixing the law where it is broken.

Jun 26, 2014 05:25am

I do not know who we are killing. It is hard to believe that any terrorists are still left in N Waziristan. They are guerrillas and do not wait at one place to get killed.

Jun 26, 2014 05:41am

Btw why doesn't our government test out JF 17? I read that combat crafts that have never been in combat tend to be bad and can't be improved. So we should test it out instead of using old F 16s which we wanna phase out slowly.

Jun 26, 2014 06:16am


Yup well said.

Patriotic Indian

Jun 26, 2014 09:10am

@Ahmed iqbal At least the SC is not involved in human kidnapping!

Jun 26, 2014 10:02am

This is great work by of great Army....but how they count the kills, even from an air strike?

Jun 26, 2014 03:53pm

@Shuaib You did not see the covering photo and caption? They are being used.