Operation Zarb-e-Azb

The Nawaz government after assuming power started peace dialogue process with militants in North Waziristan. And, the law & order situation became better for a short period of time. The first session of talks between the Pakistani government and a Taliban-nominated committee was held on 6 February 2014 at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad. But, on 17 February 2014 militants killed 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps prisoners.

Later, on 1 March 2014 militants announced a ceasefire for one month. But, again on 3 March 2014 a faction of militants attacked district court in Islamabad killing 11 people and wounding 25 others. In spite of deadly killing of 23 frontier corps soldiers, and deadly attack on district court in Islamabad, Pakistani government continued the dialogue process, and on 26 March 2014 a team of four Pakistani government representatives travelled to the area under militants control near the Afghan border by helicopter. It was the first direct contact between the Pakistani government representatives and the militants since the start of the peace dialogue process.

Not only Pakistani nation but also the militants were divided on the peace dialogue process. Besides, militants' infighting since the start of the ceasefire killed dozens of militants.

Again on 8 June 2014 Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants attacked Karachi airport, killing 28 people including security personnel and wounding at least 18 others. After this deadly attack, Pakistan on 15 June 2014 launched full-scale military operation against TTP militants in North Waziristan.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif among soldiers in North Waziristan.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Pakistan has successfully cleared 90% of the tribal area from militants, and around 40% of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes in the region.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif among soldiers in North Waziristan on 9 October 2014.

Related Quiz

1. The militants' attack on _____ eventually lead to the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.

  1. APS school
  2. Karachi airport
  3. district court in Islamabad
  4. frontier corps soldiers

2. Pakistan launched full-scale military operation against militants in North Waziristan on _____.

  1. 1 March 2014
  2. 23 March 2014
  3. 8 June 2014
  4. 15 June 2014