Pakistani provincial gov't asks army for emergency action in Peshawar

21:01, June 28, 2010      

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The provincial government of Pakistan's north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) Monday contacted the Pakistan Army for operation in its capital against terrorists as 700 suspected were arrested.

According to local TV Dawn news, a search operation in Peshawar, the provincial capital adjacent to Pakistani tribal areas, is going on.

KP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said that 700 suspected people, most of them belonging to Mohmand tribal area along the Afghan border, were arrested in the city in recent days, the TV quoted him as saying Monday.

The report also claimed the KP government contacted the Pakistan Army to launch an operation in the surrounding of Peshawar, at a short distance from Orakzai agency and adjacent to Khyber and Mohmand tribal areas, where they said militants have gathered.

On Sunday KP information Minister Mian iftikhar Hussain while addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club said that the Taliban were in process of reorganizing themselves around Peshawar as they are planning to carry out a major attack in the city, local media reported.

He said that thousands of terrorists may be gathering in small groups in Pakistan's Orakzai tribal area, Khyber tribal area and Mohmand tribal area.

Terrorists have been defeated in the province of Pakistan but they have existence in Pakistani tribal areas adjacent to Peshawar, about 141 km away from the capital city of Islamabad and 121 km away from Afghanistan's Jalalabad.

Hussain said that operations in the tribal areas have forced the militants to flee to the areas around Peshawar, adding that soon the government would take a very strong action against them.

"The strategy of our government is to bring those terrorists out from that area and finish them," the information minister said.



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