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Pak step up Taliban operations as Zardari heads for summit

The Pakistani Army intensified operations against Taliban in Buner and Dir districts in restive NWFP killing 10 militants, as President Asif Ali Zardrai headed for Washington for a trilateral summit with US President and Afghan counterpart, where the spotlight would be on fight against the group.

world Updated: May 04, 2009 19:57 IST

The Pakistani Army on Monday intensified operations against Taliban in Buner and Dir districts in restive NWFP killing 10 militants, as President Asif Ali Zardrai headed for Washington for a trilateral summit with US President and Afghan counterpart, where the spotlight would be on fight against the group.

As troops under the cover of tanks and artilleries continued to blast Taliban hideouts in the two districts, the controversial peace deal in adjoining Swat, which has raised the ire of Americans, came under cloud with a Taliban spokesman declaring it "dissolved".

The death of the deal reached between Taliban and the provincial NWFP government could signal Pakistan Army extending its operations to Swat also. Taliban also threatened a fierce retaliation for attacks being carried out against it.

Zardari will attend a summit along with US President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai in Washington beginning tomorrow where emphasis, according to White House sources would be on controlling rising Taliban activities in the Afghan-Pak border.

The crucial meeting comes as Obama is pledging more troops to war-torn Afghanistan and more resources, including military aid, to the region to eliminate what he has called an international threat.