Pakistan launches military operation near Afghan border

Pakistan launches military operation near Afghan border

Pakistan launches military operation near Afghan border

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Sunday announced the launch of Operation Khyber-4 under Radd-ul-Fasaad (RuF) to "wipe out terrorists" in the Rajgal Valley area of Khyber Agency.

He said that a major operation was carried out Rajgal Valley along Pakistan-Afghan border on Sunday morning.

He also said that 22 terrorists were killed in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Punjab.

"Once this operation is completed, we will first secure the global border on our side and eliminate the hideouts of various terrorist groups", Ghafoor added.

He said DA'ISH has increased its influence on the Afghan side and objective behind the operation is to check their cross border intrusion to carryout terrorist activities on our side of the border.

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Speaking on the Line of Control violations being carried out by India, he said that the South Asian country targets civilian population.

"He said Pakistan and Afghanistan will maintain an open-door policy for cooperation and discussion on bilateral issues to remove" a trust deficit" on the Afghan side.

DG-ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that the military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal.

The ISPR chief lamented that the Indian army has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas whereas the Pakistan Army can not do that to Kashmiris across LoC. "Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions", he said.

Pakistan's military says it has launched a major operation against so-called Islamic State (IS) in the north-western region along the Afghan border.

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About the National Census, the DG ISPR said that all the data compiled during the demographic process had been escorted to the Pakistan Bureau of Statics (PSB) where the work had begun to give it final shape.

While ghafoor said that the IG has a strong network in Pakistan, however, said the military, the Islamists are strengthening their position in Afghanistan, although IG there is still not as powerful as in the middle East.

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

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

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

Maj Gen Ghafoor said shared borders with Afghanistan and Iran will be physically and technically monitored, with either forts or a checkpost every 1.5 kilometre. "We try to keep civilian casualties to a minimum", he added.

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. Thirteen major operations and over 800 IBOs were conducted in Balochistan.

Earlier, paramilitary Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Mohammed Saeed said that Karachi has reclaimed it status as the city of lights, which is flourishing and the citizens are no longer afraid for their lives.

He said all state institutions are on one page when it comes to the CPEC. "For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".

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