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Pakistan Army Vows to Eliminate Taliban Offshoot as Attacks Rise

  • Military commanders take decision after two-day meeting
  • Militant group says wants to fight ‘ruthless’ security forces
Security personnel investigate at the site of a suicide attack in Islamabad on Dec. 23
Security personnel investigate at the site of a suicide attack in Islamabad on Dec. 23

Photographer: Ahmad Kamal/Xinhua/Getty Images

Pakistan’s army said it will act against terrorists and eliminate the “menace,” signaling a military operation against the local offshoot of the Afghan Taliban that has resumed attacks across the South Asian nation. 

Such a military offensive will add to the turmoil in Pakistan where ousted ex-premier Imran Khan is pushing for early elections and the government is trying to get bailout money from the International Monetary Fund.