Federal Ministers and ISPR officials gave briefing to foreign media about on-going Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan. They said Pakistan is carrying out operation in North Waziristan with its own resources and there is no role of drones in the operation. They said the military operation was launched after giving a chance to peace and dialogue process. They asked the Afghan authorities to arrest TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah.
They informed the foreign media that no one will be allowed to use Pakistani soil for terrorist activities.
They said the operation will continue till establishment of complete writ of government in North Waziristan.
The foreign media was informed that North Waziristan is the last safe haven of terrorists which will be purged from them at all costs.
The foreign media persons were informed that operation was launched after giving chance to peace and for this purpose dialogue process was initiated.
They said that the international community should recognize sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terror.
The Pakistani officials told the foreign media that after completion of operation, development process will be started in FATA, particularly in North Waziristan.
They said the reports that one hundred thousand persons shifted from North Waziristan to Afghanistan are baseless.
They said Internally Displaced Persons will not be left alone and they will be fully assisted.
The background briefing of the foreign media delegation was attended by Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, Federal Minister States and Frontier Regions (Safron) and Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.
Major General Asim Bajwa, while briefing a delegation of foreign journalists, said that during ground operation in Miranshah security forces recovered a huge IED making factory.
“In the factory, security forces recovered 225 explosive-filled-cylinders (80-100 kg each), 150 empty cylinders (under manufacture), 400 prepared pallets inserted with nuts and bolts , 700 explosive-filled prepared pipes (pipe bombs), training literature, physical training facility, other facilities for cutting and welding of pipes, and 10 anti-tank mines”, DG ISPR told media.
He said the region had become a hub of terrorists groups and sanctuaries, adding that writ of the government would be established in the North Waziristan by eliminating all terrorists and their network during the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation.
Answering a question about Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazalullah, the military official said Pakistan had requested Afghanistan through political and diplomatic channels to take action against TTP hideouts in Kunar and Nooristan provinces but action was still awaited.
Both civil and military top officials also made it clear that NW territory would not be allowed to be used for terrorist activities.