ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said the military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) was launched to eliminate criminals from the area, ARY News reported Monday.
Delivering an address in the National Defence University Islamabad, the COAS said the operation was mainly started to root out all militants from the [restive] region.
“We will rid the country of terrorists,” he added.
The COAS said dens of terrorists in NWA would be destroyed to get rid of the menace of terrorism.
The military formally launched the operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in NWA to crush militants, involved in spreading terrorism and carrying out terror activities in the country.
At least 140 militants had been killed in air strikes by Pakistan Air Force jet fighters since yesterday. Those killed include Uzbek terrorists along with some local and foreign militants.