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MIRANSHAH, October 9: The Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif, visited North Waziristan tribal region, where the army chief General Raheel Sharif briefed him about the Operation Zarb-e-Azb under way in the tribal region since June.

Mr Sharif has become the country’s first elected prime minister to visit the war-torn North Waziristan region. He was received by Gen Raheel Sharif.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch (R) and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar accompanied the prime minsiter.

Lauding the action of military personnel in their fight against terrorism, the premier expressed satisfaction over the progress of the operation and assured full support in this respect.

Sharif said the armed forces’ efforts in the war against militancy and extremism was evident and commendable.

“This is not a conventional war where the enemy is known,” the prime minister was quoted by a Pakistani media organisation as saying at a press conference in Miranshah, the agency headquarters.

The Pakistani military launched the Operation Zarb-e-Azb on 15 June this year, following a militant attack on the Karachi airport and collapse of peace talks between the government and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Bakakhel camp for IDPs

Meanwhile, the prime minister also visited Bakakhel camp set up for internally displaced persons of North Waziristan.

Addressing the IDPs, the prime minister said the displaced families would be repatriated to their native areas in North Waziristan soon.

He said he was aware of the problems being faced by the IDPs. “You have left your homes for the safety of Pakistan,” he was quoted by a Pakistani media organization as saying.

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