Troops clear 75pc area of Orakzai
KOHAT: As reported by the Dawn News on Friday, fresh troops have been sought for the ongoing operation in Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency where security forces are facing stiff resistance from militants. Operation commander Col. Waseem told journalists at a news briefing in Hangu on Thursday that militants had been ousted from 75 per cent area where permanent checkposts have been established for the safety of tribesmen. “The military is patrolling and conducting operation in 15 per cent area where operation is in progress and security forces will gain control over it after arrival of fresh troops. Only 5-10 per cent area is under the control of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after five-month-long operation because of shortage of army personnel who are engaged in relief activities in the flood-affected parts of the country,” said the operation commander. He said that according to the directives of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani the security forces would remain in the region until complete restoration of peace and for the moral and on-ground support of the administration. Col. Waseem said that 62 security personnel were martyred and 213 injured during the operation between March and July. Also, 600 militants were killed during clashes and 250 who were arrested are being kept at various places for interrogation, he added.
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