Pakistani army declares victory in Orakzai tribal area (2)

15:49, June 02, 2010      

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Orakzai is the only one of the seven agencies that does not border with Afghanistan in the rugged tribal region of Pakistan that has been marked as safe heaven for militants. Hundreds of militants have been killed in clashes with Pakistani troops in Orakzai in the past month.

Analysts believe a long-looming fresh strike in the Taliban hub of North Waziristan is in the offing with the conclusion of the operation in Orakzai.

According to official sources the military operations in tribal region have cost Pakistan 35 billion U.S. dollars. Pakistan has received about 18 billion dollars from the United States for the logistical support in counter terrorism operations between 2001 to 2010, and for its own military operation mainly in Waziristan and other tribal areas along the Durand Line that demarcates boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the northwest.

The Bush administration also offered an additional 3 billion dollar 5-year aid package to Pakistan for becoming a frontline ally in its war on terror. Annual installments of 600 million dollars each split evenly between military and economic aid, started in 2005.
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