18 more militants killed in NW Pakistan operation
18 militants were killed in last 24 hours in the operation in Pakistan's northwest, according to a military statement Monday.
The military also said that 13 militants were arrested, Xinhua reported.
Two security forces personnel were killed and four others were injured, it said.
Life in Mingora, formerly a main Taliban stronghold in the Swat valley, is returning to normal quickly, it said.
"Provision of food items and medicines are being organized and executed," it said.
However, the military said that forces were still facing stiff resistance in some areas of Swat.
Meanwhile, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Monday that the operation against militants in the country's northwest would soon be completed.
Presiding a high-level meeting on the current situation in Pakistan here at the presidential house, Zardari said that security forces had taken control of all-important areas in Malakand, the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
He said that the whole nation stand firm against terrorism and Pakistan had no place for those who defame Islam.
He said that inter-provincial intelligence should be enhanced and provincial coordination was needed to bar militants from entering their places.
The security forces launched operations against Taliban militants late April after they refused to vacate the Buner district neighboring the Swat district of the NWFP as promised and challenged the writ of the government.