Up to 50 pro-Taliban militants were killed as the security forces repelled an attack on a military base in the country's tribal area bordering Afghanistan, army said on Sunday.
"Around 250-300 miscreants attempted to attack on Ladha fort in South Waziristan on Wednesday and early Thursday but security forces retaliated with artillery and small arms fire," a statement from the military said.
"Intelligence sources revealed killing of 40-50 militants."
In the neighboring area of Tank, the Islamic militants attacked another military base ad police headquarters with rockets and small arms, prompting a military action during which 59 suspected miscreants were apprehended.
Pakistan's tribal areas are believed to be safe havens for al-Qaeda terrorists and Taliban fighters who fled to the region after US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. The country has deployed 100,000 troops to contain them from launching cross-border attacks on international forces in Afghanistan. ( Dpa )