Amid some of the heaviest fighting in 11-day war campaign, Pakistani troops on Tuesday pushed deeper into South Waziristan approaching the militant hubs of Makeen, Ladha and Sararogha and the areas held by Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud killing 42 militants.
Advancing from three directions on the militant hubs of Sararogha, Makeen and Ladha, the army used fighter jets and helicopter gunships as they approached these Taliban strongholds.
The army began moving into territory held by Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Mehsud from Razmak in North Waziristan.
With the killing of 42 militants — the highest so far in the offensive — the Taliban death toll has risen to more than 240. On Tuesday, the army claimed to have killed seven foreign militants, mostly Uzbeks. The figures cannot be independently verified as journalists have no access to the conflict zone.
In a move to outmanoeuvre the Taliban, who had dug fox holes and turned village houses into bunkers, the security forces launched an assault on them from the behind from the Ramzak axis with some of the heaviest fighting reported from around the militant stronghold of Makeen.