Seven Pakistani soldiers 12 militants killed in N Waziristan

Clashes cause death of seven soldiers as well as 12 militants during retaliatory army operation against Taliban ambushes and bombings in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan region

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Pakistani army operation against Taliban left seven soldiers dead behind while 12 militants have been also killed in the country’s remote North Waziristan province, the Pakistani officials said on Sunday.

The Pakistani intelligence officials stated that the Taliban militant group had attacked army targets through ambushes and bombings in North Waziristan where the insurgent militancy has long been undermining the security of Pakistani state.

The Pakistani army announced on Sunday that the ongoing operations against the Pakistani Taliban caused death of its seven troops, as the security forces also killed 12 militants in Datta Khel, a town near the Afghan border.

North Waziristan and Khyber Agency, the two of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan, are believed to be the new bastion of Pakistani Taliban militants who perceive Pakistani army and NATO as their arch enemies in the region.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has increased its offensive against the Pakistani army since the militant group splitted from the Afghan Taliban in 2007.

Pakistani army has increased its effort to cope with the militant insurgency since the last year’s school attack in Peshawar.

Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif said that the army has committed to destroy the militancy which infiltrated from the neighbouring Afghanistan.

"We will not stop unless we achieve our end objective of a terror-free Pakistan," he said.

During the ongoing Pakistani army operations, nearly 1,800 Taliban militants have been killed, whereas the militants killed more than 100 Pakistani soldiers.

The chaos, created by both army operations and Taliban militancy, also caused the displacement of some 1.5 million people from Pakistan's tribal areas.

Pakistan has chosen to cooperate with both the US and Afghanistan’s newly elected government in order to eradicate the Taliban militancy from its soils.

However, the increasing civilian casualties due to the US drone strikes soared tension between Islamabad and Washington as the sparking public outrage put the Pakistani government under pressure.

Around 400 US drone strikes are said to have killed nearly 3,400 people, 70 percent of whom are also believed to be civilians, since 2004, according to reports released by Pakistani intelligence and international human rights groups, including the Amnesty International.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have been long suffering from the Taliban militancy in the wake of US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Although the fall of Taliban regime as a result of the US military involvement seemed as the end of insurgency, the militants gained ground again soon after the NATO’s ISAF mission withdrew from Afghanistan as of the end of 2014.

Pakistani government this month agreed on a memorandum of understanding that proposed intelligence sharing with Afghanistan in order to exhibit a joint effort in the combat against Taliban.

But, the memorandum of understanding has created some discontent among Afghanistan’s political and military elites who have long been accusing Pakistan of patronising certain Taliban groups on its soil and the rock relations between Kabul and Islamabad.


TRTWorld and agencies