Pakistan Army declared victory over militants - COAS visited Kurram, Orakzai Agencies
Pakistan Army declared victory over militants in Orakzai Agency and said that the military operation in the area had been completed and civilians could expect to return home soon. The announcement about the operation's end was contained near the end of a short press release describing a visit to Orakzai and neighbouring Kurram tribal regions by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. "Kayani's visit to Orakzai Agency marks the successful conclusion of operations in the agency," the statement said, adding: "He appreciated the professional conduct of the operation which has cleared the agency of terrorists." The statement also said civilians who fled Orakzai could expect to return home soon. More than 200000 people are believed to have poured out of the area since the end of last year. The announcement about the Orakzai tribal region may free the army to send some troops to other districts where militants have bases. But the victory could also be fleeting — the army has declared success in other trouble spots in the past, only to see militants regroup and resurge. The offensive in Orakzai came on the heels of an operation against the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan. Many militants in South Waziristan were believed to have fled to Orakzai, though the top Pakistani Taliban leaders are believed to be in North Waziristan, an area the army has resisted attacking. For months, the military pounded Orakzai with air strikes, eventually staging a ground operation as well <b>...</b>
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