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No Indian hand in Waziristan, admits Pakistan

October 20, 2009 15:52 IST

After repeatedly expressing suspicion over Indian role in the South Waziristan insurgency, Pakistan has finally admitted that it has found "no concrete evidence" to establish the Indian angle.

The News quoted Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Athar Abbas, as saying that no truckload of Indian weapons were found in South Waziristan to provide any concrete evidence.

Abbas added that 18 terrorists were killed and two soldiers lost their lives on the third day of the offensive.

According to ISPR, the troops reached the Kaskai area located west of Kotkai and north of Kund, while they have also secured Tor Ghundai and some areas of Razmak.

Earlier, Pak-Taliban Azam Tariq had confirmed the killing of only one militant. However, due to inaccessibility to the region, the claims by the Taliban and the Army cannot be confirmed as yet.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has urged Mehsud tribes to help the military in the ongoing operation against the Taliban.

"The objective of the ongoing military operation in South Waziristan is not to target patriotic Mehsud tribes but to get them rid of terrorists and brutal elements," he said.

Source: ANI