The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday said required measures were in place by all law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for the safety and security of people of adjoining areas of Swat valley, as presence of militants anywhere would not be tolerated.
The military’s media wing said in a statement that terrorists would be dealt with full use of force if required.
The ISPR also brushed away the propagated news circulating on social media alleging huge presence of terrorists in Swat valley.
“During the past few days, a misperception about alleged presence of large number of proscribed organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) armed members in Swat valley has been created on social media,” it said.
After confirmation on ground, these reports have been found as grossly exaggerated and misleading, it underlined.
The ISPR statement said the presence of a small number of armed men on few mountain tops between Swat and Dir had been observed, located far away from the population.
Apparently, these individuals sneaked in from Afghanistan to resettle in their native areas. A close watch is being maintained on their limited presence and movement in mountains, it said.
Earlier, there were reports that the government was preparing a “contingency plan” to deal with potential resurgence of the outlawed TTP after reports suggested that the outfit was trying to make a comeback.
Although the government has been holding talks with the TTP for months to broker some kind of a deal, prospects of such an agreement are grim.