Tuesday, January 20, 2015
(BNA) Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in an interview with CNN has said that the armed forces were going after terrorists “without any discrimination”.
Answering a question about the armed forces' viewpoint of militant groups, the ISPR DG said: "There are no good terrorists.....We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color."
Bajwa added that the army had cleared a major part of the North Waziristan tribal region during Operation Zarb-i-Azb except for a small belt near the Pak-Afghan border.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) Militants have shot dead three policemen who went missing during an overnight search in Malakand district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place in the mountainous town of Ailam, where Taliban militants are active.
“Last night militants fired at a police patrol vehicle, followed by a search operation during which four policemen went missing,” senior police official Asif Iqbal told AFP.
Police found the bullet-riddled bodies of three officers on Wednesday morning, he added. A police station chief was wounded.
On December 8, unidentified gunmen shot dead two policemen who were on their way to protect a polio vaccination team in the neighbouring town of Buner. The area where the latest killings took place is close to the Swat Valley.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) At least 23 suspected terrorists were killed when Pakistani fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday evening, military officials claim.
A statement, issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that four militant hideouts were also destroyed through “effective and precise aerial strikes”.
The information, however, could not be independently verified as access for journalists is restricted in the area.
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The air strikes are a part of stern actions Pakistan has been taking against Taliban militants following deadly Peshawar school siege earlier in the month as the military intensified operations in the troubled northwestern tribal areas.
After the school attack that killed 150 people, mostly children, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating its use for terrorism-related cases.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the school attack by a suicide squad was revenge for the killing of militants' families in the military offensives.
Monday December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (BNA) The United States has said that after Jan 2, US forces in Afghanistan will not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders unless they posed a direct threat to the US.
“Being a member of the Taliban doesn’t mean that the United States is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a recent news briefing in Washington.
But he also drew a line between combatant and non-combatant Taliban, saying that those who continued to fight would not be spared.
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“We’ve also concurred that a member of the Taliban who undertakes missions against us or our Afghan partners by that act alone, renders himself vulnerable and liable to US action,” Rear Admiral Kirby said.