Pakistani policemen cordon the area after blocking a street ahead of an upcoming anti-government rally of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in Lahore on August 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Arif Ali
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Pakistan Saturday said it has crippled the command and control system of local Taliban militants adding that the likelihood of a backlash to the ongoing military offensive in the troubled northwest would be "minimal".Addressing a national security conference in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the ongoing strikes against the militants were inevitable because peace talks had failed to proceed. But he played down the likelihood of militants being able to hit back.Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants of all stripes -- including Al-Qaeda and the homegrown TTP as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.
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