Thursday, May 14, 2009

Swat operation successfully underway,ISPR

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas Thursday said the Swat operation is successfully underway, Pakistan Army has denied utilizing any foreign assistance in its ongoing operation against militants in Swat and Buner, saying that overall planning of the offensive is being carried out in Pakistan.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, while addressing a press briefing here, also claimed that military has killed more 54 militants in last 24 hours of ongoing operation “Rah-e-Haq 4” in Swat.

He said that nine security personnel were also killed in the battles in various areas of the restive valley.

“Operation is being carried out in Swat from all four directions and the area from Barikot to Odigram has been evacuated from the terrorists and four of their commanders were killed in the operation,” Abbas said, claiming that the important area of Sultanwas would also be recovered soon from militants.

Giving the details of yesterday’s operation, DG ISPR said that military destroyed 15 hideouts of the militants in Shangla. He declared that the air force is only being used in the mountainous areas.

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