London, Oct.17 (ANI): The Pakistan Army is facing stiff resistance from the Taliban as it advanced deeper into their stronghold in South Waziristan following the government's nod for an all out offensive in the region.
According to reports, the extremists were using 'heavy weapons' against the advancing security personnel, who are moving in from three different directions.
The forces met solid resistance from the militants within hours after the operation started according to a senior military official, The Telegraph reported.
About 28,000 soldiers are taking part in the offensive aimed at rooting out about the 10,000 strong militant army.
About 500 special commandos arrived in the region on Friday.
Earlier, Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, briefed the government and various political leaders about he impending terror threat and the planned military operation.
"The national consensus is reaffirmed to establish and maintain the writ of the state to weed out these elements," a statement released by the Prime Minister's office, after the meeting, said.
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is also taking part in the operation and has destroyed many militant hideouts in the recent past.
Large numbers of people have left the region fearing an intense battle between the military and the extremists. Hordes of people have started arriving in Peshawar, Bannu and North Waziristan
According to the United Nations (UN) more than 80,000 civilians have already fled from South Waziristan in anticipation of the offensive. (ANI)