In a major development, Pakistan army on Sunday formally announced to have launched a full scale operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ against ‘local and foreign terrorists’ in North Waziristan Agency ‘on the directions of the government’.

Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release on Sunday said: “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Wazirastan Agency.”

“The operation has been named Zarb-e-Azb.”

The DG ISPR further said that using North Waziristan as a base, these terrorists had waged a war against the state of Pakistan and had been disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property.

“They had also paralyzed life within the agency and had perpetually terrorized the entire peace loving and patriotic local population,” he added.

He said: “Our valiant armed forces have been tasked to eliminate these terrorists regardless of hue and color, along with their sanctuaries.”

He said with the support of the entire nation, and in coordination with other state institutions and Law Enforcement Agencies, these enemies of the state will be denied space anywhere across the country.

“As always, armed forces of Pakistan will not hesitate in rendering any sacrifice for the motherland.”

Defence Minister says:

Defence Minister, Khwaja Asif has said that a major military operation was the need of the hour but stopped short of giving details of the operation, saying the details cannot be made public at this stage.

Militants killed overnight

According to a press release issued earlier, the ISPR said that reportedly over 50 terrorists, mostly Uzbek foreigners were killed in the strikes conducted at 0130 hours.

A number of Terrorists hideouts in Degan, Datta Khel in NWA, were targeted by jet aircrafts.

It said there were confirmed reports of presence of foreign and local terrorists in these hideouts who were linked in planning of Karachi airport attack.