Pakistani military officials on Tuesday, May 19 said that the troops are locked in fierce street battles with the militants and added that forces were advancing towards Mingora, the main town in the Swat valley. This is the same area in relation to which human rights activists expressed concern over the increasing human casulties
On Monday, May 18 the fight took place in Taliban-held town of Matta as well as Kanju, which is a short distance from Mingora.
The former tourist hot spot has been reduced to a war zone after the militants started taking a peace deal signed between government and the Taliban for granted. Pressurised by the United States over increasing power of the militants in and around Swat valley, Pakistan launched its offensive about a month ago.