Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pakistani Army In Control of Swat?

Filed under: Asia | Terrorism | War — by Will Kirkland @ 1:21 pm
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From Al Jazeera:

Imran Khan, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said: “Our producer has been the only international news journalist to get access to the town of Mindora, and what he saw was consistent with what the military is saying.

“There was a fierce fight to take control of the town. The army had to clear landmines and IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and a huge cache of weapons within the town.

“So they’re very keen to tell the media about their gains.

“Although this is a key victory, there are still things that the army needs to do.

“Mullah Fazlullah, for example, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is on the loose and is a symbol for Taliban resistance, so there is a lot of work that needs to be done.”

“…Pakistan has raised its cash reward for the capture of Maulana Fazlullah, a Taliban leader in the Swat valley, to 50 million rupees ($615,000).

“The government had earlier announced a reward of $62,000 for anyone who helped track down Fazlullah.

The interior ministry also published the names and photographs of several Taliban fighters, offering rewards for their capture, dead or alive.

“Fazlullah is accused of leading Taliban fighters in a campaign of violence that has seen opponents beheaded, scores of schools burned and government forces attacked.


Meanwhile, DAWN reports Number of displaced persons exceeds three million

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