Pakistan claims victory against Taliban in Orakzai

The Pakistan army announced victory against Taliban in one of their strongholds in the northwest and said it was winding up its offensive in the area.

Pakistan claims victory against Taliban in Orakzai

 

The Pakistan army announced victory against Taliban in one of their strongholds in the northwest on Tuesday and said it was winding up its offensive in the area.

Pakistani security forces launched an assault in Orakzai region after South Waziristan attacks.

The first leg of such assaults was held in Swat region. Pakistani army launched late a massive offensive in Swat Valley, breaking the deal between Taliban and government over a Sharia administration.

Taliban gained the right to form provincial administration, implementing Shar’ia laws in Swat districts under the deal. But Taliban fighters entered neighbouring districts, including one just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Taliban says the offensive was launched by government to please U.S. who has pressured to break it.

Taliban says Pakistani government had no respect for any pact and They kept violating every agreement and if this goes on.

A large number of fighters also fled to neighbouring Kurram and Khyber regions and Pakistani forces have stepped up attacks in these areas as well in recent months.

Commonly known as Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) or agencies, South Waziristan, Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber are four of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions near the Afghan border.

Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani visited Orakzai and Kurram and the military announced that operations in Orakzai were over.

More than 200,000 people are believed to have been displaced by fighting in Orakzai and the military said they were expected to return home soon.

The military says several hundred Taliban fighters have been killed in Orakzai in recent weeks but there has been no independent confirmation of that. The Taliban usually dispute the army's accounts of engagements.

Reuters

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