80pc area of Kurram Agency cleared: official

Wednesday, July 07, 2010
PARACHINAR: Commander In-charge Kurram Militia Col Touseef Akhtar on Tuesday claimed that 80 per cent of Kurram Agency has been purged of militants while remaining area would also be cleared very soon.

He stated this while talking to a group of journalists flown by FC to Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency.Briefing the reporters about the military operation in the area, Col Touseef said that Kurram Agency was divided into three zones and the brave personnel of paramilitary forced the militants to escape from the area. He said the militants had made the life of Kurram residents miserable and innocent people were killed without any reason.

The militants, he said, had closed Tall-Parachinar Road as a result of which supply of essential items, including food and medicines, to the agency was very nominal. In few areas, he added, 50-kg bag of wheat flour was sold at a rate of Rs7,000 to Rs8,000 because of the acute scarcity of the commodity. Similarly, he added, due to shortage of wheat several people died because they were unable to get proper treatment.

The Kurram Militia, the official said, has resolved to fight militants and purge the area of them. Due to firm resolve of the armed forces, he said, the agency was not only cleared of miscreants but the 89-kilometre Tall-Parachinar Road was reopened after a period of three years.

Col Touseef said that forces also took control of Pak-Afghan border area. He said the sectarian strife in the agency was also resolved to a greater extent by holding peace jirga. He said in Upper Kurram, the Doogar area was cleared of militants within a fortnight. The area was in control of militants for the last two years. In Doogar, he said, the militants had established training camps and were running drug business. The Doogar operation was completed on December 12 last year in which 18 officials embraced martyrdom and 47 were injured while 96 militants were killed.

The officer said that a wanted Taliban leader, Mullah Toofan, also belonged to this area and was killed in the operation. He said the militants had spread terror in the region and made the life of people miserable by carrying out kidnapping and killing. The brave action taken by armed forces, however, dealt a severe blow to them and the area was successfully cleared.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=249311





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