Thursday, 22 February, 2018

COAS attends funeral prayers of martyred security personnel in Peshawar

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Lillian Steele | 07 February, 2018, 01:39

The attack took place on Saturday evening in the vicinity of Tehsil kabal area, the agency reported, adding that the bomber targeted the sports area of an army unit. They allegedly carried out the attack on the orders of Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday attended the funeral prayers of 11 security personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack in Swat valley on Saturday.

The security forces had cordoned off the area after the attack and had closed the main road for traffic.

A few days ago, the Swat police claimed to have arrested two militants, in the same area, allegedly involved in anti-state activities during spillover of militancy to the Swat valley. However, more than 2,000 Taliban insurgents had been ousted in 2009 in a military operation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the prime minister's office said. Abbasi said that no cowardly attack can deter Pakistan from pursuing struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion.

Swat, a tourist spot located in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is also known as the "Switzerland of Pakistan". Earlier the Pakistani Taliban militants had strong influence in most parts of Swat.

The military launched Operation Rah-e-Haq in Swat and Shangla district in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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