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'Pak poised to strike Taliban epicentre'

Pakistan army is poised to storm into militants main stronghold of South Waziristan to target what senior military officials say is ‘Talibans Epicentre’.

world Updated: Oct 03, 2009 00:27 IST

Pakistan army is poised to storm into militants main stronghold of South Waziristan to target what senior military officials say is ‘Talibans Epicentre’.

The ‘D-Day’, The New York Times reported on Friday, is coming in a few days quoting senior Pakistan military and security officials, who are expecting “a stiff resistance”.

Military build up — both ground troops and armour — has been completed and the army has enforced a three month economic blockade of the area, where US suspects that even the main leadership of al-Qaeda including its chief Osama Bin Laden may be sheltered.

‘Taliban plan to target PM, Nawaz’

The local Taliban plan to target 35 top political leaders, including PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, during the coming bypolls.

“We have intelligence reports that the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan plans to launch attacks,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.