* COAS appreciates ‘professional conduct of the operation which has cleared the agency of terrorists’.

The Pakistan Army on Tuesday declared victory over the Taliban in one of their strongholds in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, the Orakzai Agency, saying the military operation in the region is finished.

The announcement was part of a military statement describing a visit to Orakzai and Kurram agencies by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Daily Times