Pak Government lifts curfew in tribal-dominated Mir Ali

November 14th, 2007 - 2:21 am ICT by admin  
Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said that curfew had been relaxed in the public interest.

According to sources, situation started become normal in North Waziristan sub division Mir Ali and all roads, including Bannu-Miranshah have re-opened for traffic.

Major General Arshad told Geo News, however, that there would be no relaxation for miscreants and militants.

Curfew in the area was imposed following fierce battles between tribal militants and security forces in the North Waziristan Agency. At least 50 militants, 20 soldiers and 10 civilians were killed in the clashes, according to official and tribal sources.

Besides, dozens of others from both sides sustained injuries in one of the deadliest clashes between Pakistan Army and the pro-Taliban militants since 2002. In Mir Ali, independent sources told The News that at least 40 soldiers were killed and as many injured when dozens of well-armed militants ambushed around 250 soldiers near Hasukhel. The soldiers were returning to a military camp in Mir Ali after ending the blockade of the Mir Ali-Khaisur road on Sunday.

Major General Arshad had then put the death toll in the clashes at 70. He said the dead included 50 militants and 20 soldiers. He refuted as baseless the reports about 40 fatalities on the Army side. “It’s nothing more than a rumour. Fatalities from our side are not 40 but 20,” he had asserted then.

Security forces backed by gunship helicopters had to resort to a crackdown against the militants after the latter had attacked a military convoy with the help of an improvised explosive device (IED). (ANI)

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