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Gilani vows to eliminate militants from Pak

world Updated: Aug 10, 2009 23:18 IST
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Amid reports of infighting among Taliban, an emboldened Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani claimed that the militants were on the run and would soon be eliminated.

Making his first-ever visit to insurgency-torn Swat Valley along with Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Gilani
claimed, "the terrorists are on the run, the differences between them are widening and they will soon be eliminated."

Coming out in strong terms against the militants, the Pakistani premier said Taliban would no longer be allowed a
free run. They "will no longer be allowed to dishonour our women, deny education to them, make their lives miserable and
create lawlessness."

Gilani, Kayani, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti and Governor Owais
Ghani held a top level review of ongoing army operations, which have continued for over seven weeks.

The review assumes importance as the army wants to wrap up its operations in Swat, Buner and Dir districts, to
prepare ground for a major offensive on the militants stronghold of Waziristan.

The leaders and top Generals also held a review on return of lakhs of people, who had been displaced in the army
crackdown on Taliban.