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October 1, 2010

600 militants killed, 250 held in Orakzai operation: official


October 1, 2010

KALAYA: The security forces claimed to have killed 600 militants and arrested more than 250 in Orakzai Agency during the operation launched in late March this year.
A spokesperson for the Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR), Colonel Waseem told reporters in Babar Mela, the Orakzai Agency’s headquarters, on Thursday that 75 per cent area in this tribal region has been cleared of militants. He added that military action was still in progress in 15 per cent area of Orakzai Agency to clear it of the militants.
He said at present there was no military action in Mamozai area. He said the security forces would launch a massive operation there in the next few days. The spokesperson said that in various gunbattles with the militants, the security forces lost 62 personnel including officers of the Pakistan Army while 213 soldiers sustained injuries in the fighting. He said the process of repatriating the displaced tribespeople was started before Eidul Fitr under the supervision of the army and the political administration of Orakzai Agency.
On the occasion, Political Agent Riaz Mahsud also briefed the reporters about the repatriation process of the displaced people. He said that the first phase of the return process of the dislocated tribesmen had been completed successfully while the next phase of the repatriation was in progress.
The political agent said so far 1,600 families of the Storikhel tribe, 1,590 of Utmankhel, 1,700 of Bezotkhel and 1,516 families of Ferozkhel tribe had returned to their areas of origin. He said out of the 6,407 displaced families from lower tehsil of Orakzai, 46,000 individuals have been repatriated.
The official said that heath facilities were provided to the returning families in their areas while mobile healthcare units had also been established.He added that peace committees in the erstwhile violent areas had been constituted to assist the security forces.
The political agent vowed that all communication links

including the telephone service would be restored along with the supply of electricity soon.In their press talk, both the officials remained silent about the expected displacement of more tribesmen in case a big military action was launched in Mamozai tehsil of Orakzai Agency in the next few days.

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