Pakistan has ordered its military to eliminate militants and
terrorists, as army warplanes continue to bomb suspected Taliban
positions in Swat Valley in the country's northwest.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani delivered a televised
address late Thursday urging the nation to unite against extremists. He
also called on the international community to assist in helping people
displaced by the fighting.
Thousands of civilians have been fleeing Swat since government troops
stepped up their offensive, following the collapse of a peace deal with
Taliban militants in the area.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he is very satisfied with the
Pakistani army and government's strong response to Taliban gains in the
northwest of the country.
Speaking to reporters in neighboring Afghanistan, Thursday,
Gates said there is "very little chance" the Taliban would achieve "the
level of success" needed to take control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
The Pakistani military says its regional offensive has killed more than 200 militants.