1,400 killed in Waziristan operations: Pak Governor
At least 1,400 people have been killed in over 100 military operations in Pakistan's northern Waziristan Agencies, with the government handing over 600 militants to the US, the Governor of NWFP has said.
The Governor of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Lt Gen (retd) Ali Mohammad Jan Aurakzai, said Pakistani forces had killed over 600 militants, including foreigners, and handed over to the US an equal number of persons involved in terrorism.
Aurakzai said about 700 security personnel had been killed apart from over 100 pro-government Maliks and elders.
He told the participants of the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) in Islamabad on Friday that about 1,400 people have been killed in over 100 military operations in South and North Waziristan Agencies, asking the international community for over a billion dollar for development schemes to win the hearts and minds of the people against war on terror.
Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan said that the tribal areas should be seen in the larger context of war against terror launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US.
The socio-economic development of Fata would be critical to Pakistan's effort to change the situation on the ground, he added.
The Foreign Secretary was quoted by the Dawn daily as saying that Pakistan had proposed to the international community an investment of $3-4 billion when the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in the late 1980s that could not materialize, paving the way for spending billions of dollars for finding military solution after 9/11.
The bilateral and multilateral creditors, however, called for more action to restore peace in the region to allow the implementation of $2 billion Fata Sustainable Development Programme for improving the condition of the people, the daily said.
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