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Army ops to continue till pockets of resistance eliminated: Pak

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 21:27 IST

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Acknowledging that militants are still in control of parts of Pakistan's unruly tribal areas, President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the military operation will continue till the writ of the government has been fully restored.

"We expect the military operation to continue till the writ of the Government has been fully restored," Zardari told the Chinese media here ahead of his fourth visit to the Communist state after assuming office last year.

Zardari said that the social and administrative infrastructure has been restored and the normalcy is returning to the areas in Swat, Malakand and Buner in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

He, however, said the army will continue to remain in the area to assist the civil authorities and "to eliminate the pockets of resistance in remote areas".

Stating that it is a "fight for the survival and we must win it", he said, "Extremism would not be tolerated."

All the Pakistanis are of the same opinion that it would not tolerate extremism, Zardari said.

He said that Pakistan's leadership, the security institutions and people are firmly resolved to fight militancy and eliminate extremism from all parts of the country.