Pakistani security forces urge militants in Swat to surrender

20:13, April 30, 2010      

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Pakistani security forces Friday pasted banners on the walls and distributed pamphlets among the people in the violence-stricken Swat Valley of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa, cautioning the militants to lay down arms.

The security forces warned the militants to surrender before May 15, adding that after the expiry of the set deadline, they along with their families will be driven out of Malakand division and their properties will be confiscated.

Local residents told Xinhua that the banners were posted at many places in the area, northwest of Pakistan, inscribed with claims of restoration of peace and security by the security forces with the people's cooperation.

Ziauddin Yusufzai, an elder of a local Jirga in Swat, said that there are still some militants hiding in the mountain areas in Malakand. He said the best way to bring them to justice was to warn their respective families to force them to surrender.

About 1,700 militants were killed since Pakistani security forces launched the military operation against Taliban militants late April 2009 after militants in early April entered the Buner district from the neighboring Swat district and refused to vacate the area despite their pledge to do so.

Although the army claimed that the Swat Valley has been cleared of militants, there are still attacks now and then by militants at civilians and security forces.

A bomber detonated his bomb on March 13 near a checkpost outside the district court in the busy area of Mingora, the main city in Swat, leaving at least 14 people dead, including two soldiers, two policemen and a child.

Source: Xinhua


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