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Tribal people being strengthened to defend their lands on its own: Gen Ghayoor.

PESHAWAR, March 10, 2011 (Balochistan Times): General Officer Commanding Seven Division, Maj General Ghayoor Mehmood has said that Pakistan army wants to win the hearts and minds of tribal people by strengthening them so that they could defend their land against enemies of peace on their own. Briefing journalists about latest security situation after, armys counter militancy efforts and development works in Miranshah, agency headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, the General said that army is committed to maintain peace and restore law and order and will never compromise on governments writ. He said tribal want peace vital for development and are cooperating with security forces. Gen Ghayoor said that army brigade was moved to North Waziristan to stop entry of militants and terrorists after launching of operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency. To stop movement of miscreants, he said, 27 checkposts and 34 border posts were established on border of North and South Waziristan. During Operation Rah-e-Nijat which started in October 2009, as many as 384 terrorists were killed while 207 injured while 70 troops embraced martyrdom. Regarding drone attacks in North Waziristan, the journalists were informed that as many as 164 predator strikes were reported between 2007 and 2011 in which 793 local militants were killed while 171 foreign terrorists were eliminated. Later, the journalists were taken to a remote and snow covered Pishin Zyarat area where troops were busy in patrolling and demonstrated search and cordon operations. Briefing newsmen at Spinkai Turki post, Brig Farrukh Salim said this important post situated 9200 feet above sea level was retaken by the troops after successful action against militants and Pakistans flag was hoisted on it. After this successful action, he said that cross border movement of miscreants and terrorists and their resources had considerably reduced and have no power of launching any attack. The journalists were also taken to Tehsil Datakhel where a primary school established in 1960 was upgraded to high school and students were getting education. The journalists were briefed about various facilities and opportunities being extended to tribal students.

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Date:Mar 10, 2011
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