RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has launched a highly needed operation in North Waziristan, according to an ISPR press release.

“DG ISPR has said that on the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency. The operation has been named Zarb-e-Azb,” said the press release.

Talking to Express News, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said the government went through with peace talks, but once they failed the government decided to launch military action. He went on to add that civilians residing in that area will face difficulties due to the operation, but the government is prepared to assist them.

“The army is ready and citizens should remain calm army is prepared to deal with difficult situations and will help civilians move,” he said, adding that air and ground forces are fully ready to act and will bring complete peace to the area.

“We will complete the operation as soon as possible,” he added.

The decision to launch an operation comes exactly a week after the all-night siege of Karachi airport that killed 38 people, including 10 attackers, and all but destroyed a tentative peace process between the TTP and the government. The announcement also comes after jets bombed militant hideouts in the region killing 80 militants, according to ISPR.

The meaning of Zarb-e-Azb is sharp and cutting. It’s reportedly the sword used by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the battle of Badar.

Source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/722202/army-launches-operation-in-north-waziristan/


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