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Pakistan may launch air strikes against militants in tribal area

Pakistani authorities have warned of possible air strikes against foreign Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the northwestern tribal belt who failed to report for registration. “We are not satisfied at all with the performance of tribesmen in finding and handing over the foreigners hiding in the area,” local administrator of South Waziristan Ismatullah Gandapur told AFP on Wednesday. “Pakistan Air Force personnel have arrived in (the region’s main town) Wana for the survey of suspected hideouts” of the fugitive fighters, Gandapur added, indicating that the impending operation would involve air strikes. Under a deal brokered by tribal elders in April the government allowed an estimated 500 foreigners to stay in the rugged terrain bordering Afghanistan if they denounced militancy and registered with the authorities. Full Story

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