Chief of Air Staff Led Airstrikes in Shawal Valley

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 21 August 2015 19:44

PESHAWAR: Chief of Air Staff (CAS) took out multiple militants hideouts by leading a squadron himself in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, radio pakistan reported. 

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman led from the front by participating in the decisive phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, radio pakistan reported. 

Air Chief along with a formation of the fighter aircraft took off from a Forward Operating Base and participated in an air campaign leading to annihilation of several dens of militants and their explosive depots. 

The Air Chief also met with the air and ground crew and lauded their services for the nation.

Paying tribute to the iconic war veterans of PAF, the Air Chief reiterated his resolve to root out menace of terrorism from the country.

The army says it is conducting the final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb to flush out Taliban terrorists from their remaining strongholds along the border with Afghanistan.

A large number of militants fleeing the operation in other parts of North Waziristan are believed to have taken refuge in Shawal Valley, which is considered to be an Al Qaeda sanctuary and a stronghold of Gul Bahadur, a warlord once considered pro-government.

Shawal has also been the focus of US drone attacks this year with multiple strikes hitting targets in the valley in which dozens of suspected militants were killed.

Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a grand operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, following a Taliban attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in June 2014.

Since the beginning of Zarb-e-Azb, militants have fled to other tribal regions, including Khyber and its Tirah Valley and Shawal, all of which border Afghanistan.

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