Army launches operation in tribal areas targeting ISIS

Yolanda Curtis
July 17, 2017

Addressing a media conference, the ISPR DG said that the operation aims to secure the global border with Afghanistan by preventing the Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.

Giving details about the anti-terror operations, launched during the past 14 years, he said a lot of efforts were carried out to restore the writ of the state by rendering a number of sacrifices to achieve the goal.

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.

Making a statement on situation in Afghanistan, Asif Ghafoor said Afghan forces are losing its hold over the areas under its control.

He said that Pakistan Army is a part of Pakistan and is working for the country's defence. He said the security forces of Pakistan are very vigilant to foil enemies' designs against CPEC.

"The things are improving and we hope that these will further improve in the days to come", he said. He said multiple "terrorist" organisations with links to recent attacks in Pakistan had safe havens on the other side of border.

Referring to the ongoing phase-1 of fencing the Pak- Afghan border, he said on average there is a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres.

Replying to a question on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case, DG ISPR said the army chief is reviewing the proceedings of the case and will take a decision on Jadhav's mercy appeal on merit.

Over 7,000 IBOs have been conducted, and 22 terrorists killed in these operations, the DG ISPR said.

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

There have been 27 major operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 817 IBOs, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said. The COAS, he said had been provided all the evidences and proofs against the Agent and he will take decision based on the facts and evidences. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said their case in the military court will be fast-tracked.

"Under Operation RuF, we will strengthen our border". 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.

The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation.

When his attention was drawn towards the Bill adopted by the US Lower House, he said this Bill had to take a long path for final adoption. A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, he informed, hoping they plan to unilaterally secure the global border, eliminate hideouts, and complete physical hold on Khyber Agency.

To a question, the DG said Raymond Davis has written his book as contractor and such books have their own agendas, which could be exposed later on.

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.

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