Pakistani forces launch major offensive against terrorists in Khyber region

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

He said due to effective security operations in the tribal belt, incidents of terrorism have reasonably been declined in the country. Two of its members belong to the Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence. "It is a sub-judice matter and the Supreme Court will make its decision in the case", he said. "I have shown you what the army is doing".

Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor Bajwa has said on Sunday that Pakistan Army does not have a direct relation with Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

He said that a major operation was carried out in Rajgal Valley along Pakistan-Afghan border on Sunday morning. He added, "Other government institutions were also involved in the matter".

The DG ISPR informed that the valley, next to the Afghan border, is being used by Daesh and other local militant groups. Referring to the recent visit of US Senators representing Defence Committee, he said that they were taken to the areas where the state had regained her writ by eliminating terror and they had expressed appreciations of the role of Pakistan's military.

46 thousand operations at big scale were carried out under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country, he remarked. "This indicates the Indian aim of diverting attention from political upheaval in Indian Occupied Kashmir", he claimed.

Asif Ghafoor said that about 500 families had been living in this area, which are now staying at safer places as Temporarily Displaced Persons.

He said that Pakistan Army cooperated during the census and is also ready to deal with the flood situation.

When questioned about the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the DG ISPR said that the Research and Analysis Wing agent's mercy appeal is pending before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.

In response to another question, Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed that there is no organised Daesh infrastructure in Pakistan and nor will one be allowed. The military spokesman said the operation will help prevent other militant groups from supporting Daesh and secure areas bordering Afghanistan.

He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces.

On the book by Raymond Davis, he told a questioner that there was a need to see that Raymond had been claimant of Diplomatic Immunity before leaving Pakistan but he wrote a book as a private contractor.

He said the cases of those 17 terrorists rounded up from Parachinar would be tried in the Military Courts on priority basis.

Giving details about the performance of the Military Courts, he said total 274 terrorists were tried and of them 161 were awarded death penalty.

"We are building peace in our country brick by brick and moving from relative stability towards enduring peace. For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions". He also couldn't resist a minor dig at Pakistan's troubled neighbor: "If the Afghan army were as capable as the Pakistan Army, then maybe the issue [of terrorism] would be resolved sooner", Ghafoor said.

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