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PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan army for the first time announced that the Haqqani network in North Waziristan is also a target of the current military operation.

"For the military, there will be no discrimination among Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) groups or Haqqani network, all terror groups are going to be eliminated," DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa told a briefing at GHQ.

He said so far 327 terrorists and 10 security personnel have been killed.

The DG ISPR confirmed the presence of a large number of Uzbeks and other foreign militants in North Waziristan, saying that they will all be wiped out.

"The Pakistan Army has requested the Afghan military to take action against terrorist hideouts in Kunar and Nooristan, but so far there has been no action taken," General Bajwa said.

The chief military spokesman said it is solely a Pakistan Army operation and not a joint Pak-US military offensive, adding that Pakistani security forces are capable of doing such an operation.

"North Waziristan has become a hub of terror and suicide attacks in the country because planning of such attacks was taking place here," Bajwa remarked.

He dispelled the impression that the operation was launched without political approval and said, "The operation was launched after a decision was made at the political level."

On Wednesday Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said security forces were conducting the operation against militants without discrimination.

Also read: Thousands flee North Waziristan region on last day of evacuation

North Waziristan ground operation kicks off

Ground troops were moved in to Miramshah Bazaar on Thursday as tanks and artillery continued to pound militant hideouts in and around the bazaar.

Sources said that after weakening the targets with air assaults, security forces were now moving into the built area and clearing hideouts. The officials said that security forces were also consolidating the positions in and around Miramshah Bazaar.

The official sources also said that the ground offensive in Miramshah has started at 6 am and would continue.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) is yet to issue an official confirmation of casualties in the operation.

The military operation named 'Zarb-i-Azb' was initiated in the North Waziristan region in June. At least 430,000 people have fled the region into nearby areas of Pakistan as well as neighbouring Afghanistan, the biggest movement of refugees in Pakistan in years.

Examine: All-out military operation launched in North Waziristan

Security officials had claimed that over 200 local and foreign militants had been killed in the aerial bombings.

Earlier a ground assault was delayed due to the issues that cropped up during evacuation of internally displaced people (IDPs).

Operation Zarb-i-Azb: Interactive map

Latest: Ground offensive kicks off as troops move into Miramshah.


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

Data gathered from ISPR and Dawn

Comments (45) Closed

Ravi Dallas TX Jun 26, 2014 11:43am

This would be tricky. Hope Pakistan Army has all done groundwork well. Good luck.

Syed Jun 26, 2014 11:57am

Salute to pak army. May Allah be with you.

Syed Shabib Ali Rizvi Jun 26, 2014 12:09pm

Pakistan Army Zindabad

khangul Jun 26, 2014 12:29pm

Our heartily prayers are with you, the defenders of our beloved country. Zinda O Paindabad!

Ahmad Shafique Jun 26, 2014 12:35pm

May Allah SWT bless our armed forces with quick and lasting victory and complete supremacy over current and any future terrorists and anti-Pakistan elements, Ameen!

Ozz Jun 26, 2014 12:37pm

Great Map for giving away positions.

Kashmiri Jun 26, 2014 12:53pm

All the best Pak Army. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

Nav Jun 26, 2014 01:28pm

Come on boys may Allah be with you. I hope they this time they will be able to eradicate this menace for good.

Talat H Jun 26, 2014 01:44pm

Praying for success against terror and chaos

Shaikh Mohommd Jun 26, 2014 03:22pm

Newspapers always publish what happens on the ground. REALLY. The papers merely carry statements issued by Pakistan Army without verification of journalists. No journalists are allowed to enter the area and verify the statements issued by Pakistan Army. This is because they want to hide from the people of Pakistan the miseries and killings that occur due to Military operations.

Kashif DXB Jun 26, 2014 03:51pm

Entire country is praying for the success of our army. May Allah bless victory on each step.

Masoud Jun 26, 2014 04:52pm

Excellent progress, free Pakistan of the TTP menace. Pakistan has suffered enough at the hands of these criminals.

Raja Jun 26, 2014 05:00pm

May Allah give you all the strength you need to finish the job. The nation is behind you. Do NOT stop this operation until all evils are dead.

Last Word Jun 26, 2014 05:25pm

Best wishes and God speed success to Pak army for launching ground operation in NW. Sincerely hope that the military takes action against all militant groups and not on selective basis and push them out of its territory. This should be a decisive operation and should not be called off till writ of the state is completely restored in whole of NW.

zak Jun 26, 2014 05:28pm

The nations pride and prayers are with the Armed forces. All our enemies know our professionalism and will. They know we shall win.

Joseph P Jun 26, 2014 06:16pm

Better late than never! The time has come to save moderate Pakistani's. As an Indian, I hope the Pakistani Military will wipe out these fanatics from the entire region so that peace can return to us all.

Usman Jun 26, 2014 06:33pm

Am I the only one noticing the drop of suicide bombings since the operation started? (Smaller attacks on soldiers or the occasional bombing in the shrine in Islamabad not withstanding). Seems like we should have done this about ten years ago before 55 thousand people died.

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 06:45pm

Not too many will believe this 180 degree U turn on Haqqani network. That way, will LeT be the next target.

N Jun 26, 2014 07:26pm

Good news. All good wishes for Pakistan Army. Finish terrorism from the motherland

Helo Jun 26, 2014 07:30pm

Hmmm the good Taliban is on the run now.....i am sure this will solve many a problems. The pressure from US is working this time.

Azmat Khan Jun 26, 2014 07:51pm

Welldone.Please go on.We are with you.

majid Jun 26, 2014 08:04pm

It should be

Seedoo Jun 26, 2014 08:09pm

@Shaikh Mohommd

Nor do they want anyone to question their inflated numbers of casualties on the side of terrorists.

Sunil Jun 26, 2014 08:25pm

Not only TTP, Haqqani network, there are others too such as LeT, LeJ, JUD, should be targeted if Pakistan wants real peace.

Sayyar Khan Jun 26, 2014 08:37pm

When will there be an operation in South Punjab all these terrorist are in South Punjab

wisdom Jun 26, 2014 09:53pm

we wish the armed forces of Pakistan to do their best in exterminating all the terrorists; of all stripes & banners. we wish that peace & prosperity returns to Pakistan. we also wish that Pakistan eradicates the menace of LeT, JeM, Sipah-e-Sahaba and other similar termites.

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 10:09pm

Will anyone believe this statement?

Khan Jun 26, 2014 10:14pm

Will there ever be Army operations in Karachi and Punjab ..... or are they all directed towards Pukhtoons.

khan Jun 26, 2014 11:50pm

I hope they are really not going after the Haqqanis. Like them or not, we need them in Afghanistan. If they are just saying it to get US money, then I am fine with it.

A shah Jun 27, 2014 12:40am

What about LeT?

ali Jun 27, 2014 01:02am

What about karachi? When will the Army take action there? Everyone talks about the taliban operating in karachi, they should be wiped out as well

Sheldon Jun 27, 2014 01:14am

@Khan These operations are not directed toward pakhtoons. They are directed towards enemies of pakhtoons. Don't confuse yourself!

ilyas Jun 27, 2014 01:17am

Please do the same at grand level in Baluchistan as well and keep all borders of the Pakistan safe. Only our honesty with our motherland will be dignified us. God bless Pakistan !

Vakil Jun 27, 2014 01:43am

Going by the statement from ISPR (if true) and indeed by most comments from Pakistanis ... it would seem that while earlier only the Pakistani civilians were "confused" as to who is friend and who is not... now it appears that even the ONLY real institution in Pakistan i.e. the Army too has "lost it" -- meaning that it also does not know or differentiate between who is the friend and who the enemy.... very sad but true.

Abdul Karim Jun 27, 2014 03:00am

Terrorists are terrorists, they are evil by defination; hence they must all be routed out irrespective of their affiliations. It is time the good took on the bad and the ugly! We need to bring peace and tranquility to Pakistan and prosperity to its people, so please stand together.

Anup Jun 27, 2014 03:39am

If true then good job for sure.

Perveznawaz Jun 27, 2014 03:45am

What poor reporting. In the interactive map you have pictures of airstrikes done by US f15, French Rafael, and Indian border guards. Does no one know that pakistan does not possess US F15 or the French Rafeal fighters and that India is on our eastern border and their guards will not be patrolling a fence in WAZIRISTAN? Come on Dawn EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION, you are supposed to be educated. This is simply unacceptable reporting

A shah Jun 27, 2014 04:07am

India must be laughing!

lubna Jun 27, 2014 04:10am

I dont know how to believe ISPR when no independent jounalist is allowed to have independent news---this is like americans were saying ,they have wiped taliban and goody news from iraq but it turn out to be pack of lies---similarly ,ISPR is doing the same thing and one day ,it will dawn on us that operation was a failure----let the independent reporters report for real picture so that we dont have to lick our wounds later

Jamal Jun 27, 2014 05:03am

and what about Punjabi Taliban in South Punjab, LJ, Malik Ishaq, Hafiz Saeed etc

pathanoo Jun 27, 2014 05:05am

If the Army is truly going after all terrorists, specially, the Haqqanis; then there is yet hope for Pakistan. Better late than never.

Ahmed Jun 27, 2014 05:06am

Why did 60,000 innocent people in Pakistan have to die before the military command decided that the only good taliban is a dead taliban? Why were the pleas of the rest of the world for Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists ignored all these years until now?

Shan Jun 27, 2014 11:59pm

@Shaikh Mohommd Of course there have been miseries during this full-scale operation, and there will be more- Torn and amputed dead bodies of women & children, spread all-over the ruins etc, etc. The role of media has been very negative. No army can operate successfully with a hostile media riding on its shoulders. Especially, our media is fully equipped and inclined to malign the army over such scenes, pictures and movies. It is good that media is not allowed at all. Else, the army has to do the life saving of journalist at the cost of defamation on massive and international scale.

Shan Jun 28, 2014 12:17am

@khan It is a fact that Haqqanis had good ties with our people, but they had also been helping TTP in the past. This dual character of Huqqanis had to come to an end. Now it is a beginning of an end.

Jai Jun 28, 2014 07:36pm

As much as I would like to believe this, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Pak army is definitely trying to root out the Uzbeks and the Chechens. But the declaration that they are acting against the Haqqanis is only for foreign consumption. After all the clamour in US congress to make aid conditional on an operation in N.Waziristan, it is perfectly understandable.