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Operation Zarb-e-Azb: An Overview

Operation Zarb-e-Azb: An Overview | Tehmina Maqbool Khattak

Pakistan’s role as leading state in U.S led war on terror in Afghanistan and the region since 9/11 has jeopardized its domestic and regional security. Pakistan has remunerated a weighty price for its dedicated commitment to confine terrorism within and afar the region. In the interim enduring expansion of TTP and other militant groups in tribal areas near Afghanistan border had endangered internal security of Pakistan. Pakistan army comprehended threats timely and dedicated its capabilities for combating terrorism.  In 2009, Pakistan Army has undertaken elated operations like Rah-e Rast and Rah-e Nijat in selected areas to track sense of serenity and security in people of Pakistan.

In the wake of the 8th June,2014 attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and execution of 23 Frontier Corps soldiers in Feb 2014  for which the TTP, IMU and  Taliban claimed responsibility correspondingly and realizing the murderous perils in recent years, Pakistan Army had primed for operation long before.Thus a military campaign ,operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched by the Pakistan Armed Forces on 15th June 2014 in North Waziristan  as a renewed effort in opposition to  militancy. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched with complete political backing and support of the nation. Since militancy in NWA (North Waziristan Agency) could not be treated in isolation, therefore an all inclusive and far reaching approach was adopted in the shape of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb was started in Miran Shah Sector that had become the focal point of terrorism in Pakistan .After eliminating terrorists from Miran Shah, the Army headed towards Datta Khel Sector where its forces combated with militants and foreign fighters. Up till now 80% of the area is wiped out from terrorists and army is now engaged in Ghluam Khan Area near Pak-Afghan border. Pakistan army has successfully cleared the area by killing more than 1000 terrorist and has captured extensive quantity of arms and ammunition. Parallel to operations in North Waziristan, 2274 intelligence led successful counter terrorism operations were undertaken by security forces across the country in which 42 terrorists were killed. Our Army has commendably cleared   five major cities considered as hub of terrorist’s activities i.e Miran Shah, Mir Ali, Datta Khel, Boya and Degan. As a leading victory, Pakistan Army has obliterated 88 KM long Khajuri-Mir Ali-Miran Shah-Datta Khel and Ghariom-Jhallar axis from radical evils. The equipment that has been recovered / destroyed during the operations include small and heavy weapons with tons of ammunition, currency, military equipment, hardware, communication equipment and other logistics facilities.27 IED (Improvised Explosive Device) factories, tunnels holding Rocket manufacturing facility, one ammunition factory, sophisticated instruments for preparing IEDs, mass production centre of suicide jackets, mines and state of the art IEDs, and booby trapped weapons.

Even after trailing more than 40,000 precious lives in this war against terror Pakistani nation and army has proved to be most brave and devoted entities. With righteous devotion and altruistic sincerity, Pakistan army is successfully combating and eradicating local and foreign terrorists from the North Waziristan. Our undaunted army has faced irreparable loses in achieving these accomplishments i.e.  226 lionhearted brave officers and soldiers have embraced shahadat while 811 heroes   are severely injured. Since 15 June 2014, 64 stouthearted soldiers have laid their lives in North Waziristan, 42 in FATA and 121 in remaining parts of entire country including Baluchistan and Karachi.

In the wake of “Zarb-e-Azab” operation launched by Pakistan Army  in North Waziristan Agency about 1 million people have left their homes, properties, livestock, assets, and are now dwelling under tough circumstance. To lessen the desolations, Pakistan Army is extending its plentiful potentials in relief operations for temporarily dislocated people (TDP’s) of North-Waziristan agency and continues to help people from North Waziristan. For the nutritional relief of TDP’s 19376 Tons of food supplies have been distributed among 97570 TDP’s families at 6 relief delivery points established by Pakistan Army in Bannu, Dera Ismail khan and Tank. Pakistan army medical corps at Khalifa Gul Nawaz Hospital Bannu has provided health facilities by establishing field medical Hospital in which 113209 patients including 32979 females have been treated yet. Besides this, Pakistan army has also provided the facility of veterinary hospital where 3226 cattle have been treated and along with those 73338 cattle, 129141 poultry vaccinated. Pakistan army has dispatched 4 tons of dressed meat from North-Waziristan for sustenance, alleviation and relief of TDP’s.

With unabated sincerity and devoutness Pakistan army is engaged in herculean task to encounter-brush off drastic and iniquity forces from Pakistan distinctively the  tribal areas near Afghan border .All stakeholders are taken on board to work and implement counter terrorism polices in Pakistan, simultaneously received allegations and commendations from home and abroad for its anti-terror efforts. Pakistan army has maximized its potentials to clear the area from terrorist, irrespective of origin and hue. Much in the same manner, Pakistan army is stanch to provide relief, ease and cure to the TDP’s, relief funds have been granted by regional governments as well .Pakistan army aims to ensure the transparent, equitable and accountable disbursement of every penny to the TDPs of North Waziristan and whole nation is praising these sterling efforts of Pak army. God willing, with the strike of Prophet’s sharps sword (Zrb-e-Azb), Pakistan army shall coup the areas with no terrorist left.

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