Pakistan’s security forces have regained full control of Bajaur while ongoing operations in Orakzai Agency and Teerah will also be completed soon, a senior military commander said on Tuesday.
The army also said that it had captured a key Taliban and Al-Qaeda complex dug into mountains close to the Afghan border after killing 75 local and foreign militants.
Commanders gave journalists a guided tour of the bastion, which one general said numbered 156 caves developed over five to seven years, and carved into sheer rock within clear view of the snow-capped peaks in eastern Afghanistan.
Major General Tariq Khan of the para-military Frontier Corps said that the military had concluded operations “up to the Afghanistan border”.
He accompanied journalists to the series of caves in the area of Damadola that he said served as a key militant headquarters until troops overran the complex in an offensive launched in January.
The army commander said that for the first time since Pakistan’s independence, the Pakistani flag had fluttered in this lawless area earlier this year.
General Tariq also said that some of those killed in the military action included Egyptians, Uzbeks, Chechens and Afghans.
Meanwhile, Director General Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) Maj-Gen Athar Abbas announced new offensive will not be launched in South Waziristan until the situation returns to normal.