Pakistan sends 2,500 troops to militant stronghold

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October 24, 2007 08:05

 
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The Pakistan army has sent 2,500 troops into a remote valley in the country's northwest to combat the followers of a militant cleric calling for Taliban-style rule, a spokesman said Wednesday. The paramilitary troops are setting up checkpoints across Swat, a mountain valley popular with tourists until violence flared there this summer, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said. Arshad said the deployment would curb the activities of Maulana Fazlullah, a militant leader who has used FM radio broadcasts to reportedly call for jihad, or holy war, against Pakistani security forces.

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