Anti-terror operations in Islambad to continue, says army

Anti-terror operations in Islambad to continue, says army

ISLAMABAD- The army said on Monday that counter-terrorism operations would continue till elimination of terrorism.

"The capacity of the Taliban militants to plan and execute terrorist activity has been disrupted," Military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said while talking to Dawn.

The spokesman was discussing the progress achieved in Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan and the intelligence-based operations carried out elsewhere in the country since the start of the operation on June 15.

He said the operation was "proceeding as per plan and desired targets were being achieved". But he avoided quantifying the progress achieved.

The army claims to have cleared over 80 km of main road in North Waziristan and its three major population centres - Mirali, Miramshah and Dattakhel. But importantly the much feared blowback of the military operation in the once Taliban stronghold has been avoided. Except for a couple of attacks on military installations and a few other minor strikes, terrorists have not been able to carry out any major act of violence.

Gen Bajwa said the terrorists were on the run now and they were carrying out sporadic attacks.

"They have been dislodged from their base, their command and control centre and logistic base has been destroyed, and their communication network has been smashed," he said.

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