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Islamabad: Pakistani army on Monday claimed that fighter jets bombed hideouts of the militants in two tribal regions and killed at least 65 terrorists.

Death toll of the militants killed reached 105 in two days, Geo TV citied an official statement.

The army said at least 50 terrorist were killed in a precise aerial strikes in Shawal and Gharlamai area of North Waziristan tribal agency in the afternoon.

“Reportedly terrorist’s infrastructures in area which include ammunition dump are badly damaged,” the statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

In separate incident 15 terrorists were killed in air strikes in mountainous Khyber Agency on Monday.

The air strikes were carried out in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency near the Pakistan-Afghan border.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, there are reports of two suicide bombers being killed in the strikes.

The security forces have increased bombing of the militants’ positions following a suicide bombing that killed a minister in Punjab province and 18 other people on Sunday.

Pakistani military said fighter jets killed at least 40 militants in North Waziristan on Sunday. Thousands of troops are battling the Taliban and other armed groups in North Waziristan.

The military launched the major offensive in June last year and security officials said over 2,500 militants have so far been killed and over 90 percent of the areas were cleared from the militants.

2015-08-17_2126Gen. Raheel Sharif, the army chief, who visited the region last month, said the operation code-named Zarb-e-Abab was in its final stage.

The security forces were also striking hideouts of the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam group in the strategic Tirah valley in Khyber agency.

The army has cleared many areas in Khyber agency, however, some militants were still hiding in the rugged mountains.

(IANS)

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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)