Pakistan launches military operation against militants in tribal area

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Pakistan Army on Sunday announced to have launched a major anti-terrorist operation in tribal areas of Rajgal and Shawwal to flush out Daesh militants attempting to take hold in the Khyber Agency.

"This operation was necessary because Daesh is getting established there and we have to stop the influence of Daesh spreading into Pakistani territory through the Rajgal valley", Ghafoor said, referring to a valley surrounded by mountains reaching up to 14,000 feet.

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.

He said there were 382 in 2016, 248 in 2015 and 315 in 2014, but the current ceasefire violations have resulted in the highest number of civilian casualties."India targets civilians in ceasefire violations", he said.

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".

Alongside the border fencing, Pakistan and Afghanistan will maintain an open-door policy for cooperation and discussion on bilateral issues, particularly in order to remove what he said was "a trust deficit" on the Afghan side. Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism have declined by 98 percent.

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. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, twenty seven major operations were launched, while 817 intelligence based operations were also conducted.

Construction of the fence has also caused tensions, as Afghanistan does not recognise the colonial-era line as an global border.

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

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

Asif Ghafoor stated that military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal.

Though fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan have sworn allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, experts say they are not directly controlled by the group.

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

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

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.

"For this, the army should continue to perform its role with support of all other state institutions".

DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army is not directly linked with joint investigation team (JIT).

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