40 al Qaeda commanders held in Pakistan

July 26th, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Around 40 commanders of al Qaeda including Amjad and Rafi were arrested during the operations in Hangu and Bara, while 17 security personnel were killed, said Rehman Malik, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister.

The Daily Times quoted him as saying that suicide attacks had come to zero level in Punjab and Sindh, and that such attacks were down by 80 percent in the restive North West Frontier Province.

He also said the operation in the Hangu District had been carried out successfully and desired objectives had been achieved with the minimum use of force.

Rehman said the government had employed the three-Ds (dialogue, development and deterrence) and three-Ps (prevent, protect and pursue) policy to contain terrorism in the country.

He said the government would prefer negotiations to sort out problems of the Federally Administered Tribal Area, but warned that stern actions would be taken if the peace deals between the NWFP government and the tribal militants failed. (ANI)

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