Posted by: 1pakistani | June 14, 2009

End of Fake Taliban: Pakistan offensive to target Baitullah Mehsud

Pakistan government orders its troops to launch an offensive against Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in the country’s troubled north-west.

Owais Ghani, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) governor, announced late on Sunday that Pakistani troops had been told to expand their offensive against militants into the South Waziristan tribal region, a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants’ notorious leader.

“The military and law-enforcing agencies have been ordered to carry out a full-scale operation to eliminate these beasts and killers,” Ghani said at a press conference.

Mehsud, a warlord in his late 30s, has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide attacks on civilians and security forces across the violence-hit country.

The official orders come after Mehsud’s Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed that it was behind serial attacks on mosques in northwestern garrison town of Nowshera and eastern city of Lahore.

The bombings killed several people including a prominent cleric and fueled anti-Taliban sentiments among the Pakistani people.

Also on Sunday, an explosive-laden vehicle exploded near a busy market in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, killing nine people and injuring dozens more.

This is while sources say the army has killed at least 31 insurgents in various districts across the volatile northwestern region over the past 24 hours.

The army claims to have killed more than 1,500 militants since it launched its operations in the troubled Swat valley.

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