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Pakistan reiterates NWA offensive will hit Haqqani network

Updated Jul 01, 2014 08:50pm


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Communication equipment recovered  — Photo by Mateen Haider
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Explosives recovered— Photo by Mateen Haider
Explosives recovered— Photo by Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday reiterated that the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb military offensive, launched to eliminate insurgent hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal area, would target all militants, including the feared Haqqani network.

Briefing a delegation of foreign media reporters, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa insisted the current operation would target “terrorists of every hue and colour.”

“That means any terrorist who is on the soil of Pakistan right now within the area of operation,” he told reporters.

“The terrorists of various hue and colour are not wearing different caps, so this will be an indiscriminate operation – when they (soldiers) go there they will eliminate everyone without discrimination.”

The military officials also made it clear that the current operation in North Waziristan Agency was Pakistan Army's own operation and had no involvement of other foreign forces.

“It's wrong to link drone attacks with the ongoing operation,” a top military official was quoted as saying during the press briefing.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Abdul Qadir Baloch, speaking at the same briefing, said the government was clear that no one would be allowed to use Pakistan as a base for attacks.

“Anybody who has been involved in terrorist activities, whether he is Haqqani or not Haqqani, is very much included,” he said.

The Pakistani military also demanded Afghanistan help the offensive by stepping up efforts to eliminate the leader of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, believed to be in hiding across the border.

Bajwa urged Afghanistan to do more to track down hardline cleric Fazlullah, who took over the TTP leadership last year after previous chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US drone.

“This is something we have been crying hoarse – this has been raised at every level,” he said.

“The leader of the TTP Mullah Fazlullah is sitting across the border in Kunar or Nuristan and Afghanistan needs to do something about it.”

There have been fears that the Haqqani network, blamed for numerous deadly attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan, would be spared.

US officials have in the past accused Pakistani intelligence agencies of links to the Haqqani network, with one top military officer once calling the militants a “veritable arm” of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Nearly half a million people have fled the fighting in North Waziristan and Bajwa said the only people left there were militants.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif doggedly pursued talks with the TTP from February, but to little avail.

A dramatic attack on Karachi airport, killing dozens of people, brought a sudden, bloody end to the peace process and sparked the military offensive.

Rumours of a military operation circulated for months before it actually began and there are fears that hardcore militants – including the Haqqanis – have melted across the porous mountain border with Afghanistan.

Resistance to the military's advance has been relatively light, adding fuel to the argument that the insurgents the army has vowed to smash are simply no longer there.

Security personnel ambushed in NWA

Two security personnel were killed and another injured in a militant attack on a security forces' vehicle in Mirali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency, as the ground offensive launched by the military a day earlier continues.

Military sources confirmed that two soldiers have died and another injured in the ambush carried out in the area between Kajori and Ippi villages in North Waziristan tribal region.

The security forces' convoy was fired upon from an elevated position.

Secuirty personnel cordoned off attack site as a search for the attackers went underway.

376 suspected militants have been killed while 19 others surrendered to authorities since the operation commenced two weeks earlier, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)'s latest tally.

The ISPR had said that 61 suspected hideouts had also been destroyed, while 17 soldiers of the military have reportedly died during the ongoing operation.

The fighting prompted the exodus of the civilian population of North Waziristan and more than 450,000 internal displaced persons (IDPs) were registered at Saidgai point set up by authorities at FR Bannu.

North Waziristan is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity.


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N Jul 01, 2014 12:40pm

We salute sacrifices of our brave army men and pray for their success in war against these inhuman foreign funded elements.

Danial Jul 01, 2014 12:55pm

Ambushing army men like cowards. May Allah grant our soldiers the highest level of Jannah for giving up their lives to protect our country, our religion and our civilians.

M.M.Sherazi Jul 01, 2014 12:58pm

Such martyrdoms shall be written with golden words in the history of Pakistan, intended to bringing peace and prosperity in Pakistan. The mettle and courage of the Pakistan Army Personnel substantiating the foundations of a prosperous Pakistan free of terrorist activities and religious and social harmony orientated national decorum of Pakistan and its people.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jul 01, 2014 02:02pm

I salute Pakistan Army. May Allah be with you.

The government should compensate there families in the best possible way.

Pakistan Army zindabad.

Nav Jul 01, 2014 02:09pm

@Danial what else you can expect from criminals and mercenaries. There livelihood kill someone and get paid. Inshallah they will pay here and there as we'll.

Ek Brit Jul 01, 2014 02:48pm

Love you Pak Army from the coreof my heart!!

Asif B Jul 01, 2014 02:50pm


M.M.Sherazi Jul 01, 2014 03:54pm

We urge all segments of civilized societies to extend maximum support to Pakistan Army, be it the moral and social support or motivating media reports and statements, showing and expressing solidarity with the grandeur and grandness of Pakistan Army, wiping out the deep-rooted trees of terrorism with profound and steadfast determination and resolve.

M. Asghar Jul 01, 2014 03:58pm

As it is a fully owned Pakistani operation, it has to succeed and it will for the security and peace of the country.

Wahab Jul 01, 2014 04:12pm

Dear Pak Army. You are doing an excellent job. Stop listening to our media or journalists. We, the nation is with you and will do our part in this war. Already donated my savings for IDPs.
Plz do not let us become present day IRAQ. Its only because of you Pakistan survives.

Arv Jul 01, 2014 04:20pm


our Religion ..... how ????

Mustafa Habib Jul 01, 2014 06:19pm

Love you Pak army from the bottom of my heart! With the slogan Pakistan zindabad should be attached Pak Fauj zindabad

qaisar Jul 01, 2014 06:44pm

As anation we must support pak army which is vsaving our youth future

Javed Rahman Jul 01, 2014 06:50pm

Salute to our Army, salute to our Air Force , salute to our Navy. Pakistan zindabad

Dr. Salim Malik Chaudry Jul 01, 2014 07:10pm

For the first time the ENTIRE nation is behind and whole heatedly supporting the Armed forces. I can't recall the last time when every citizen in every walk of life is in total support of the Armed forces to rid the country of these terrorists, criminals, murderers , extremists, taliban and the rest of these evil monsters.

The entire nation must support this regardless of sacrifices as this is the last opportunity to take back the nation and for the future generation to have some hope to build their lives.

Naseema Perveen Jul 01, 2014 07:27pm

stay safe Pak Army!!

Taimoor Khan Jul 01, 2014 07:31pm

Where these "rag tag" so called talibans are getting this sophisticated communication systems from?

Jamal Jul 01, 2014 07:55pm

What about operation in South Punjab against LJ , Mailk Ishaq etc

Shan Jul 01, 2014 08:30pm

Haqqani Group had been carrying attacks in Afghanistan only. But at the same time they provided shelter to TTP groups. In turn they were provided safe heaven in North and even in South Waziristan. Pak Army didn't like this dual policy of Haqqani Group. Now the indiscriminate operation in underway. It may kill some most wanted terrorist by Afghan govt. But they have to reciprocate by handing over Molvi Fazlullah to Pak Govt.

muhammad Jul 01, 2014 08:38pm

@Danial both sides are martyrs-who is right?

Sayyar Khan Jul 01, 2014 09:56pm

IF the Army ever goes into South Punjab they will find more ammo and bomb making material then this.

Osama Jul 01, 2014 10:03pm

Long Iive Pak army

A concerned Pakistani Jul 01, 2014 11:26pm

Why only in NWA "area of operation"? Are there no terrorists elsewhere in the country. There have been bombings ,and massacres of shias, christians, etc., everywhere in the country. These are not included on the agenda of "terrorist cleansing"?

Mustafa J. Jul 02, 2014 12:07am

Well-done brave Army men. If this operation had started months or years ago, many innocent lives and destruction of properties, specially at Karachi Airport, could have been saved. Army should continue to wipe out ruthlessly the enemies of humanity regardless of which terrorist groups they belong to.

A CONCERNED Jul 02, 2014 12:20am

Its admirable to go after terrorists whatever label they wear. What about their dangerous affiliates within cities of Pakistan like banned Sipah Sahaba, Lashkar Jhangvi and the like? Are they exempted?

Rizwan Jul 02, 2014 12:44am

Army action seems to be moving well. This time it appears to be well planned and well coordinated. We must give full support to the army. Probably this is the best chance to eliminate all the evils from Pak Land.

Seedoo Jul 02, 2014 12:49am

The reporting is a case of the reporter reading too much into the words of military spokesperson. Perhaps a case of wishful thinking. I don't see any direct statement that Haqqani network will be targeted. Mr. Bajwa was speaking of terrorists, and Pakistani army does not regard Haqqanis as terrorists. Afghanistan and the US governments do, but not the Pakistani military.

I will believe it when I see it.

bharat Jul 02, 2014 01:41am

@Taimoor Khan where are they getting their western systems from?

from the ISI

Dr Sameena Hussain Jul 02, 2014 02:22am

If pakistan wants Mullah Fazlullah then surely Afghanistan has right to demand Mullah Omar and his Quetta Shura in return.

Dr Sameena Hussain Jul 02, 2014 02:27am

@Shan How about we hand over Mullah Omar and his Quetta Shura to Afghans in return? Then only we can be sure of our real commitment and fairness in rooting out terrorism once and for all.

Saifur Rahman Jul 02, 2014 03:43am

Since 2001 Pakistan Army had lodged 21 major offensive operations in Waziristan. None of them bought any solution. Good luck with Zarb-i-Azb!!

Laeeq Ahmed Jul 02, 2014 04:17am

Pakistan and Afghanistan should join hands and finish this for ever. These terrorists might have moved to other parts like south waziristan or khost in afghanistan.

karamat Jul 02, 2014 05:26am

@Arv by eliminating those who tarnish Islam by indiscriminate and pointless killing of innocent people in the name of islam

Concerned Jul 02, 2014 05:47am

@muhammad . Killers of innocent people are not martyrs.

Mohammad Salim Jul 02, 2014 06:29am

While Afghan terrorists' ring leaders are being aided and abetted by Pakistan, it's unrealistic to expect Afghanistan to eliminate Mullah Fazlullah, who is allegedly taken refuge in Afghanistan. Pakistani rulers should keep in mind that tip-for-tat is the name of the game, and that Afghanistan has good enough reasons to pay Pakistan in the same coin.

Ashok R.Prabhu Jul 04, 2014 12:27am

If indeed no one will be allowed Pakistani Soil to carry out Terrorist Acts,then what are Hafeez Sayeed,Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon of India doing there?Deport them to India.