JNN 21 Feb 2014 PESHAWAR: At least 43 Terrorists were killed Thursday as Pakistani Airforce fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in three different tehsils of the North Waziristan tribal region.
The bombardment comes after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) , Slaughtered 23 Frontier Constabulary, which were abducted in 2010, and on Top of it an Army Convoy was ambushed By the TTP Members , in which An Army Major embraced Martrydom, while 3 of the attackers were also Killed by the Officer and the team Members of the Army Convoy, while at the same time the Nominated TTP Negotiation Team was Keeping the Government Team Members in Negotiation for the Peace , which have demanded that a ceasefire can be negotiated upon if the army stopped arresting & targeting its members.
Official sources told Our Correspondent that militant hideouts in Dattakhel, Shawan and Mir Ali were targeted.
Other military sources said that the militants involved in the Peshawar cinema blast and killing of an army officer in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted in their hideouts situated in Khyber tribal region.
Improvised explosive device (IED) making factories and prepared explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.
According to security sources, scores of others were also injured in the airstrikes.
The first strike was launched on the hideout of Abu Sattar, killing him, followed by strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen and Tajik hideouts. The latter strike killed a Tajik commander.
Meanwhile, the fifth strike was launched on a TTP hideout, killing 15 militants whereas jets also pounded TTP commander Abdur Razzak’s hideout. In total, 43 suspected militants were killed.
However, the deaths of only 15 terrorist could be confirmed by official sources.
A security official in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan, told AFP that jet fighters began pounding targets around 12:30 am, with the attack continuing for more than an hour.
A militant compound jointly used by insurgent groups was also destroyed in the airstrikes, the second official said.
Residents in the area said the Taliban compound caught fire after the attack, with flames visible through the night.
A resident in the area who requested anonymity told AFP some of the residents and their families were seen moving to safer places after the airstrikes.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif authorised the air strikes, a source in his office said.
“After restraining the army for three days, the prime minister himself authorised the strikes last night,” the government official said. “It was the only option to teach the Taliban a lesson.”
Sharif, who came to power last year promising to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban, has been trying to engage the militants in negotiations.
But talks broke down this week when a Taliban wing operating in the Mohmand tribal region said it had executed 23 soldiers in revenge for the killing of their fighters by the security forces.
North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.
The region, which lies along the Pak-Afghan border, also comes under attacks from US drones frequently which target militant hideouts in the area.
The whole of the Pakistani Nation have welcomed the stand and the action initiated by the Armed forces of Pakistan , as they feel secured when the defenders of the Ideological & Geographical Borders of Pakistan , have taken a stance to teach a lesson to the enemies of Pakistan and Islam .
The Source have even told that the Army Top Brass and whole of the Armed Forces are of the view that the action against the Insurgents and the enemies has also been delayed beyond the Limits , and if now the Decisive Action is not taken against the enemies of Pakistan and Islam , then it will be too late, and may be after which they will not get a chance for correction of their earlier Mistakes , as the Previous Top Army Brass has done a Great Loss to the reputation and Position of Armed forces by Not taking Action the against the enemies of Pakistan , at the cost of the Lives of the thousands of Security Personnel and Innocent and defense Less Citizens of Pakistan.
While whole of the Nation Stand United and support every Action taken by the Armed Forces of Pakistan in eradication of terrorism and extremism from the Nations Soil .