* KP info minister says thousands of terrorists have gathered in small groups in Orakzai, Mohmand and Khyber agencies
LAHORE: The Taliban are in the process of reorganising themselves around Peshawar as they are planning to carry out a major attack in the city, but the provincial government will soon take strong action against these militants, a private TV channel quoted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain as saying on Sunday.
Iftikhar was addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club where Awami National Party KP President Afrasiab Khattak was also present.
Threat: According to the channel, Iftikhar said, “Thousands of terrorists may be gathering in small groups in Orakzai, and in the Mohmand and Khyber agencies”. Referring to the possible threat, he said that the provincial government and the security forces were ready to take immediate action to thwart all such nefarious designs of the militants.
Iftikhar said that North Waziristan could be termed the “capital of terrorists” and Peshawar could face the wrath of the Taliban in response to the security forces’ operation in North Waziristan. He said the government had wiped out almost all terrorists from the province after the military operations in the Tribal Areas. However, some militants were still present in specific Tribal Areas.
The strategy of the KP government is to force the Taliban to come out of the Tribal Areas and then eliminate them once and for all, he said, according to the channel.