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Pakistan plans major operation against Taliban: police

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA
Police chief in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan said on Thursday that a major operation against Taliban suspects will soon be launched in the province.

The announcement came a day after a claim from a captured Taliban spokesman that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI is sheltering the movement's leader, Mullah Omar in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

The operation will be conducted in Quetta and also other parts and special teams have been constituted for this purpose, the provincial police chief Tariq Mahmood Khosa told a news conference.

Khosa strongly denied the claim by captured Taliban spokesman about the presence of Taliban leader Mulla Muhamamd Omar or Taliban's headquarters in Quetta.

Afghan authorities say they arrested Dr Hanif from his home in eastern Ningrahar province on Monday.

The Police chief said operation will also target those locals who possess heavy weapons and are involved in subversive activities The police chief admitted that crimes in the province have increased by 16 per cent during 2006.


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