Army chief visits Khyber Agency, reviews operation

Updated December 19, 2014

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Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif shakes hands with a Pakistan Army soldier in Khyber Agency on Friday. – ISPR
Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif shakes hands with a Pakistan Army soldier in Khyber Agency on Friday. – ISPR

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday visited Khyber Agency to review the ongoing military offensive against Taliban militants, official said.

“COAS (chief of the army staff) visited Khyber agency today and reviewed progress of ongoing ground operation,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR).

Gen Sharif was informed that in three different actions in the last two days, 62 terrorists have been killed in ground offensives and another 57 in aerial strikes.

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The army chief also met with soldiers and appreciated their spirit and high morale.

“COAS reiterated that we will continue to hit these terrorists wherever they are and operations will continue till we eliminate the last terrorist,” said the statement.

After the deadly Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, the security forces have carried out a massive assault on the militant hideouts in Tirah Valley.

Dawn.com has obtained an exclusive video from the security sources of the early morning strike on the militant hideouts in Tirah valley near the Afghan border when they were fleeing to Afghanistan.

The gunship helicopters are seen targeting the militant hideouts in the video. The sources claim that the strike left 32 militants dead.

The military offensive appear to be gearing up after political parties of the country gave a nod to a full fledge operation against the militants.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif’s visit to Afghanistan is also appearing to be a game changer wherein he had stressed on the Afghan government to hand over the wanted militants including Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of Pakistani Taliban.