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Pakistan captures 500 hardcore militants in Swat operation

Other News Materials 22 July 2009 09:25 (UTC +04:00)
Pakistan captures 500 hardcore militants in Swat operation

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said around 500 hardcore militants had been arrested so far from northwestern Pakistan's Swat district, 90 percent of whom were Afghan nationals, local newspaper reports said Wednesday.
  

Talking to a private television channel on Tuesday, Malik said Swat had almost been cleared of the militants and the same approach would be adopted to pursue them in North and South Waziristan tribal areas, Xinhua reported.
  

The armed forces will stay in the militancy-affected areas until complete restoration of political and social infrastructure, he said, adding that efforts would be made to achieve these goals in the minimum possible time.
  

The minister said a sizable amount of foreign-made heavy and sophisticated ammunition had also been captured in the militancy- hit areas, which can be traded between the states only.
  

Malik said the militants wanted to expand their activities to the whole country and they were not confined to Swat and Malakand only.
  

He expressed firm hope that the Pakistan Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud would be captured or killed during the operation, adding the operation is focused on Mahsud and the likes and it is not focused against any tribe. 
  

The Pakistani army announced on July 8 that the ongoing military operation against the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan's Swat and Buner districts has been completed, clearing out militants and making the area safe for the return of the displaced local population.

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