Operation Zarb-e-Azb to end this year: Dar
The minister said government was devising a plan for return of internally displaced persons. He said plan for rehabilitation of IDPs was also afoot.
Pakistan Army launched operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the North Waziristan tribal area and so bring an end to the bloody decade-long Islamist insurgency that has cost Pakistan thousands of lives.
The army intensified its offensive after last year’s Peshawar school attack which killed 151 since when there has been a lull in violence.
The last major attack in the city came in February when three heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a Shia mosque, killing 21 people.
Overall levels of violence have dropped dramatically this year, with 2015 on course for the fewest deaths among civilian and security forces since 2007 — the year the Pakistani Taliban umbrella group was formed.