Operation to continue till achievement of goals: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the operation Zarb-e-Azb will continue till the achievement of its objectives, state media reported on Sunday. In a statement, he said the operation has been launched for the elimination of terrorists. He said the armed forces of the country will clear North Waziristan of the terrorists. He said success of armed forces in Mirali is the reflection of their strong will and determination. Pakistan began the offensive against militants in mid-June following a brazen insurgent attack on Karachi airport that left dozens dead and a peace process with the Pakistani Taliban in tatters. More than 500 militants and 27 soldiers have been killed in the assault so far, according to the military, though their death toll for insurgents cannot be independently confirmed. More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee from North Waziristan by the assault, with most ending up in the nearby town of Bannu. 

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