Rawalpindi - October 31, 2009:
1. South Waziristan - Operation Rah-e-Nijat
a. The important phase of operations has commenced on all three axes. On Jandola-Sararogha axis the important stronghold of Sararogha has been surrounded from three sides. On Shakai-Kaniguram axis, Karama has been encircled and clearance of Kaniguram has commenced. On Razmak-Makeen axis security forces have reached the outskirts of Makeen.
b. In last 24 hours, 33 terrorists have been killed in SWA. Security forces losses are 4 soldiers injured. Details of operations are as follows:-
(1) On Jandola – Sararogha Axis
(a) Security forces moving forward have reached the outskirts of terrorists stronghold of Sararogha. The town has been surrounded from three directions. All the important features and ridges around Sararogha have been taken over by security forces.
(b) During the process of closing forward intense fire exchange took place. 13 terrorists have been killed while there is no loss of security forces.
(c) Clearance of the Sararogha town will commence in next 24 hours. There is substantial presence of terrorists in the town.
(d) During search at Kotkai, following weapons and ammunition recovered:-
(i) 1200 x Rounds of 12.7 mm
(ii) 12 x Grenades
(iii) 1x 75 mm RR
(iv) 1 x RPG-7
(v) 3 x 12.7 mm guns
(vi) 2 x AK 47
(vii) 1 x SBRL
(viii) 25 Kgs Potassium
(e) During search operation at Shishamwam forces recovered 1 x 12.7 mm gun with 2 spare barrels and 1 Automatic weapon (type unknown).
(2) On Shakai - Kaniguram Axis
(a) Security forces moving from two directions surrounded the town of Karama, a stronghold and training centre of Uzbek militants. Fierce fighting is going on between security forces and foreign terrorists present in the area. 17 terrorists have been killed. 2 soldiers got injured.
(b) Search and clearance operation of Kanigurm has commenced. Forces are facing stiff resistance and receiving fire from different parts of the town including mortar fire. Fighting in streets is going on and house to house search is in progress. Terrorists have converted the houses into strong bunkers and are holding towers in strength and with snipers. During exchange of fire 3 terrorists have been killed.
(c) During sanitization of Kund Mela an elaborate IED making factory has been discovered along with 2 suicide jackets and 50 Kgs of explosive.
(d) After securing Asman Manza feature 1 Km north of Kaniguram 1 x 14.5 mm gun, 4 grenades, 5 Kgs explosive and 1 rifle with telescope has been recovered.
(3) On Razmak- Makeen Axis
(a) Security forces have cleared Nawazkot and have reached the outskirts of Makeen, the base of terrorists in SWA. Makeen is the nerve centre of TTP.
(b) During consolidation and expansion at Sharkai Sar security forces recovered 1 x twin barrel of 14.5 mm gun with 2000 rounds and 1 x SPG-9 along with 8 rounds.
(c) During search of a compound in Nawazkot, Uzbek and Arabic literature has been found.
(d) Terrorists fired rockets at Green Ridge, resultantly 2 soldiers got injured.
(a) Security forces are in control of most of the leading routes thus denying freedom of movement to terrorists in the area.
(b) Intelligence intercepts have revealed that terrorists are in great disarray and disorganized. The loss of important areas, confiscation of major weapons and ammunition and ration dumps have lowered their morale to a great extent.
(c) Desertions have been reported and they are making desperate moves.
2. Swat - Malakand - Operation Rah-e-Rast a. 8 terrorists voluntarily surrendered to security forces at Mankial near Bahrain, Piochar, Besh Banr, Durushkhela, Alamganj and Shalpalam.
c. Security forces conducted search operation at Shangla, Sambat, Roria, Qambar and Gulibagh and apprehended 11 suspects.
3. Relief Activities
a. 7,203 cash cards have been distributed amongst the displaced families of Waziristan.
b. 19,348 displaced families of Waziristan have been provided with food items.
c. Army helpline and complaint cell (Telephone number 0996-740439) has been established at D I Khan.