It is the harder time for Pakistan to fight against its own Terrorists than India.

Pakistan army ‘in Taliban city’

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Page last updated at 13:48 GMT, Saturday, 23 May 2009 14:48 UK
Pakistan army ‘in Taliban city’
 _45813270_mingora_ap203bodyHundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the fighting in the north-east

Fierce fighting is taking place between Pakistani troops and Taliban militants in Mingora, the main city in the militant-controlled Swat Valley.

At least 17 militants have been killed in the clashes, the army says. The Taliban deny the deaths.

The push into Mingora is seen as a key phase of an offensive aimed at crushing the militants, whose influence extends across a wide area of the north-west.

The fighting began after a peace deal broke down earlier this month.

See a map of the region

“Street fights have begun,” Maj Gen Athar Abbas told reporters.

“It is a difficult operation because we have to make a house-to-house search. We have cleared some of the area in the city.”

The military says the city is surrounded, most of the militants’ ammunition dumps are destroyed and their supply routes cut off.

The BBC’s Shoaib Hassan, in Islamabad, says it is the most important battle yet in the army’s offensive against the Taliban in Swat.

A swift victory would bolster public support for a greater fight against the militants, our correspondent adds.

Exodus

A Taliban spokesman confirmed that the military had entered Mingora, but denied that any militants had been killed.

 _45813805_007369373-2The army says it has cut off the militants’ supply routes

The spokesman also said the Taliban would fight the security forces to their last breath.

Residents say the militants are still in control of the city.

Nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced by this month’s fighting in the north-western region, and about two million since last August, the United Nations refugee agency says.

On Friday, the UN appealed for $543m in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by the conflict.

Pakistan’s army began an offensive against the Taliban on 2 May after the peace deal broke down and the militants began expanding their area of influence.

A recent investigation by the BBC suggested that less than half of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), which contains Swat Valley, and the neighbouring Federally Administered Tribal Areas is under full government control.

In Swat, the army says that about 15,000 members of the security forces are fighting between 4,000 and 5,000 militants.

It says more than 1,000 militants and more than 50 soldiers have been killed since the offensive began.

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PAKISTAN IN TURMOIL

MILITANCY

Conflict map

BBC mapshows Taliban extending control in north-west
Tide turns against Taliban

Journey to ‘war zone’

Sea of humanity

Struggling for survival in Swat

Hotspot confusion

Plight of Pakistan’s displaced

Shaky Sharia deal

Hunt for culprits of cricket attack

ANALYSIS AND BACKGROUND

Q&A: Pakistan’s Swat offensive

Q&A: Pakistan’s political instability

Clouded details of Pakistan deal

Mapping the militant nexus

Q&A: Kashmir dispute

Courtesy: BBC World News

 

                                     

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