Friday, 21 July, 2017

Operation 'Khyber 4' starts against terrorists in Rajgal Valley: DG ISPR

The volatile tribal areas along the Afghan border have often posed security problems for Pakistan. AGENCIES The volatile tribal areas along the Afghan border have often posed security problems for Pakistan. AGENCIES
Terence Owen | 17 July, 2017, 13:37

Turning to Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the ISPR Chief said 46 major operations and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched, while 10707 joint check posts were established across Pakistan. Twenty two terrorists were also killed.

Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism have declined by 98 percent.

The situation along the Line of Control (LoC) has been "especially tense", Ghafoor said, with 580 ceasefire violations in this year alone.

Fata, Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, is governed by Islamabad via an archaic set of laws and has seen multiple military operations against militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda after the so-called "war on terror" triggered by 9/11.

Daesh has had more success in neighbouring Afghanistan where it controls small chunks of land, but has also faced tough resistance from the US-backed government in Kabul and local Afghan Taliban militants. In Sindh, 522 terrorists voluntarily surrendered while fifteen killed.

According to him, Pakistan appealed to Afghan authorities with a request to conduct a similar operation on their side of the border in Nangarhar province which is a stronghold for ISIS.

In response to another question, Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed that there is no organised Daesh infrastructure in Pakistan and nor will one be allowed.

Terming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as "very critical for the progress of Pakistan", the DG ISPR said the armed forces would "give it complete security and will not let it fail at any cost".

It will be physically and technically monitored, with either forts or a checkpost every 1.5 kilometres, he said.

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"The things are improving and we hope that these will further improve in the days to come", he said.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27 major operations and 817 IBOs were carried out.

The DG ISPR read out a message from Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa during the press conference: "We are building peace in our country brick by brick and moving from relative stability towards enduring peace".

Ghafoor said that "There is a blame game as to why the Haqqani network is here", and said his country fought against all terrorists.

To a question, he said the Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa will take a final decision on the mercy plea of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav at the earliest.

As far as the situation within Afghanistan was concerned, he said that it was a well known fact that the security forces of brotherly and friendly nation were unable to tackle their internal situations. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said their case in the military court will be fast-tracked.

Ghafoor stated that terrorists are targeting easy targets. Out of the total, 53 executions had been carried out while 40 of them were undertaken during the on-going operation RUF.

Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, DG-ISPR he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter.

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