RAWALPINDI: Announcing successful completion of Khyber-4 operation in Rajgal Valley, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor says 52 terrorists were killed and five arrested by the armed forces during the operation.
The operation was launched under Radd-ul-Fasaad, a countrywide anti-terror initiative launched by the military to wipe out terrorists. Operation Khyber-4 was aimed at securing the international border with Afghanistan by preventing Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.
Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi Monday, DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army has achieved the ground objectives in Shawal and Rajgal. He added that 52 terrorists were killed and 31 others were wounded while four of them surrendered. He said that the military operation was tough as two soldiers embraced martyrdom.
DG ISPR also said that scores of landmines were defused by the troops in the operation. He said that the Operation Khyber-4 was carried out with strong and complete planning. ‘Every single terrorist in Rajgal and Shawal was our target,’ he said. He went on to say that a clearance operation is currently taking place in Khyber Valley, where 91 security checkposts have been set up.
Ghafoor added that the military had consultation with NATO forces during the operation. He said that the security forces have carried out 3300 operations under Radd-ul-Fasaad so far. He added, ‘Rangers carried out 1728 operations across Punjab.’
The DG ISPR stated that criminal activities in Karachi have decreased following operations in the provincial capital. He said that 95 percent of displaced persons have also returned home. He further said that that Pakistan Army fully facilitated the IDPs.
Ghafoor added that that border movements in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been made more effective. ‘Over 250 cross border attacks were foiled by the forces,’ he said. He also stated that former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf served in Pakistan Army for 40 years and he gives statements regarding the defence as a political leader.
Ghafoor stated that there is no terrorist network in Pakistan. He added, “We have told the United States that indiscriminate action is being taken against terrorists in the country.” He further said that Pakistan is the only country which fought terrorism all by itself.
DG ISPR went on to say that they are in support of FATA reforms as the people should be given their rights. He said that India wants to declare the freedom movement of Kashmiris as a “terrorist movement”. Speaking on the Dawn Leaks inquiry, he said that it is the responsibility of the federal government to probe the matter. He denied that Pakistan Army has anything to do with the ongoing political situation in the country.
“Time is coming when reforms will be made in state institutions. The reforms will help the government and military,” he added. He went on to say that those who burn the national flag are not Pakistanis. “Is the nation ready to forgive them? When the people are not to forgive him so how can we?” he asked.
He praised Sindh Rangers for cracking down terrorist networks in the provincial capital, adding that Karachi police should be strengthened to lower the street crimes in the city. “Incidents of extortion and target killing are low as compared to past,” he said.
‘Punjab CM initial target in Arfa tower attack’
ISPR DG stressed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was the initial target in terrorist attack near Arfa Software Technology Park. Punjab CM was scheduled to visit Arfa tower but the terrorists switched their target to police later on, he revealed. Asif Ghafoor told that terrorists had planned further attacks on Shehbaz Sharif which were foiled by the intelligence agencies.
Pakistan Army spokesperson said Pakistan belongs to everyone and no one can harm it if we stay together, adding that differences can occur inside the territory but we are all the same outside the boundary.
He commented that former military dictator Pervez Musharraf talks about politics in his personal capacity, ‘only COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa can give policy statements about the army’.
Pakistan Army on 16th July had announced that Operation Khyber-4 will be launched against terrorists.