I think at the moment Mother Earth will be in great pain as the innocent people are being killed. The government of Pakistan has been carrying out operation against terrorists in Bajaur Agency, Dir District and Buner. The victims of this mad war is the innocent people as the militants always flee from the areas after the arrival of security forces. Like many people I also consider the war on terror as drama.
According to newspaper reports, around 30,000 people in Lower Dir have been displaced by a military offensive to flush out Taliban militants, a provincial minister said Tuesday.
‘Up to 30,000 people have left Maidan in Lower Dir district over the past few days,’ Iftikhar Hussain, the NWFP information minister, told a news conference.
‘We are making arrangements for them in Peshawar, Nowshera and Timargarah districts.’ Residents said thousands of terrified people, mostly women and children, left the area with their belongings after Pakistan troops and helicopter gunships launched the operation over the weekend.
One local charity said it had registered 2,241 displaced families so far.
The NWFP information minister has justified the Dir operation saying it was a consequence of the Taliban challenging the writ of the government.
‘The government will defend its writ but won’t make the first move,’ Hussain said.
He says the NWFP government is committed to the peace deal. Even though there are certain militants who want to sabotage the Nizam-i-Adl agreement.
‘The government needed to deploy security forces in Buner because the militants were challenging its writ,’ he added.
Around 50 insurgents were killed in the operation in Lower Dir, near the Taliban-held Swat valley, officials said.
The military said eight paramilitary soldiers had also been killed since it launched Operation Black Thunder on Sunday.
Heavy artillery shelling by the paramilitary Frontier Corps troops continued in the Maidan area of Lower Dir overnight, a senior military officer said Tuesday.
‘We destroyed several militants hideouts in heavy artillery shelling of suspected bases in the area,’ the officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
A major military operation was launched against Taliban militants in Buner district Tuesday, DawnNews reports.
The operation aims to eliminate militants who had faked their exit from the area, Director-General ISPR Athar Abbas told DawnNews, adding that the operation in Lower Dir has been completed.
The operation in Buner was launched at 04:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Abbas said. He said that militants in the area had refused to heed the government's warnings and had been kidnapping young boys for recruitment into the Taliban's ranks.
Both the Frontier Corps and regular army forces are taking part in the operation, Abbas added.
Explosions were heard as gunship helicopters pounded militant strongholds in the mountains. A curfew has also been imposed in the district, DPO Buner told DawnNews.
Meanwhile, local Taliban blew up the main bridge in Buner’s Ambala area.
Separately, NWFP Governor Owais Ghani said despite repeated warnings, militants were not leaving the district.