QUETTA- Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman today claimed that civilians were targeted in the recent air strikes in North Waziristan tribal region. “According to my information, most of those affected are civilians,” he told journalists in Quetta. “It is wrong to say that operation has been launched now. Operation was never ceased in North Waziristan,” he said. The JUI-F stated that no operation was being conducted against terrorists in North Waziristan. Fazl also said "We remained detached from peace talks from day one because negotiations were used as a ploy to launch operation." To a question, he contended his party would back good ties with the neighboring countries.