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Eight killed in Tirah air strikes

ISLAMABAD: In a possible indication of his priorities in office, Gen Qamar Bajwa, the new army chief, is set to begin his first full day in office on Wednesday with the stocktaking of the ongoing counterterrorism operations and a possible visit to the conflict zone.

Gen Bajwa has taken over the command of the army at a time when the troops are consolidating the gains made during the operations. He would, therefore, be defining the direction of the new phase, which may be distinctly different from the previous stage that saw kinetic operations.

The change of command ceremony at the Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi on Tuesday marked the completion of transition in the army on the retirement of Gen Raheel Sharif. It was the first time in 20 years that the transition took place on time.

Gen Sharif handed over the command baton to his successor at the ceremony attended by ministers, LANDI KOTAL: At least eight suspected militants were killed when air force planes hit their positions in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region on Tuesday.

According to official sources, the strikes were carried out in the Kukikhel locality, near the Afghan border.

Several suspected hideouts of militants were destroyed, the officials said.

There was, however, no word about the identity of those killed in the air strikes or their affiliation with any militant group.

The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Mangal Bagh’s Lashkar-i-Islam had a strong presence in the area.

The forces claimed to have flushed out militants from the tribal region as a result of Operation Khyber-2, which had been wrapped up on June 15 last year.

But the government had made it clear that air strikes would continue in the region if it got reports of infiltration from Afghanistan.

courtesy: dawn news



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