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Pakistani COAS Gen Kiyani visits troubled Swat valley

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 15 May, ( Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Thursday visited frontlines in the northwest Swat valley, where Pakistani troops are battling against Taliban militants, the military said.

The army chief of staff met field commanders and troops, saw ‘firsthand certain operations being carried out against the militants’ and reiterated his resolve to defeat the extremists, the armed forces said in a statement.

He appreciated high morale of the troops. He also saw at first hand certain operations being carried out against the militants.

He was given detailed briefing about the progress of operations by General Officer Commanding.

Army chief reiterated army’s resolve to flush out militancy from Swat and defeat the militants as a whole. Earlier, on arrival he was received by the Corps Commander.

It was Kayani's first reported visit to the area since the military launched a massive operation in the district last week against militants who are threatening government’s writ.

According to military, up to 15,000 troops are battling against about 4,000 well-armed fighters in Swat. Overall, the military says, more than 750 militants and 33 troops have been killed in its operations in Lower Dir, Buner and Swat.

Meanwhile the army continued pounding militants’ hideouts on Thursday.
The military claimed that it has consolidated its positions at Banai Baba Ziarat and Bariam bridge. A swathe from Khwazakhela to Bariam bridge and Chakdara-Gulabad road were cleared of militants.

‘Normalcy is returning to Buner. People have started harvesting their crops and shops are reopening in the district. All preparations are in place to clear Sultanwas of militants,’ ISPR said.

- Asian Tribune -

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