Residents advised to evacuate Pakistan town by noon

May 17th, 2009 - 12:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) Security forces engaged in the operation against the Taliban in restive northwestern Pakistan have advised residents of a town in Swat Valley to evacuate and move to some safer place by noon Sunday, Geo TV reported.
“Matta town residents have been directed to safely move out of the town by 12 noon today (Sunday),” the military said in a statement, which was also announced on local FM radio.

The evacuation order meant that the full throttled military offensive against the militants could outreach from Shangla up to Matta in a few hours, the report said.

Meanwhile, the offensive titled “Operation Rah-e-Haq” was under way in Malakand division with security forces shelling millitant hideouts and the insurgents blowing up a higher secondary school in the region Saturday.

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