Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Vallley: ISPR

DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor addresses a press conference in Rawalpindi on Sunday

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).

Asif Ghafoor told that there is no organized infrastructure of Daish in Pakistan, and Pakistan Army will not allow to establish them either.

Pakistan is in the midst of a push, dubbed Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, to snuff out terrorism within the country. He said worldwide border with Afghanistan will be fully secured to check infiltration of terrorists and to destroy their hideouts in our side of the border. "This operation was necessary because Daesh is getting stronger there and we have to stop its influence spreading into Pakistan through the Rajgal valley", he said.

DG ISPR said one division troops with support of Pakistan Air Force are taking part in the operation.

He said the situation along the Line of Control (LOC) showed extraordinary trends recently, following the hot political situation inside India.

Last month, Pakistani army chief had called for a greater border coordination and security cooperation with Afghanistan to contain the brewing threat of ISIL.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor recalled that a meeting of the provincial apex committee held in Karachi was attended by the Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to review the security situation.

Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter.

He said that Pakistan Army will continue to play its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions.

Answering a question, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is very critical for the development of the country.




He went on to say that the constitution of Pakistan should be respected by all.

"There is no direct army involvement in the JIT", he asserted and said that it was working as mandated by the Supreme Court. Two of its members belong to the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence. He, however, added that Daesh is gaining strength in Afghanistan, while some splinters groups of Taiban and other militant groups are using its name here.

It seemed that many of questions were fed to JIT by someone, he said. "Here, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has pledged allegiance to Daesh".

Since the launch of Operation RuF, the army has launched 46 major operations in the country and over 9,000 intelligence-based operations (IBOs).

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

It will be physically and technically monitored, with either forts or a checkpost every 1.5 kilometres, he said. Thirteen major operations and over 800 IBOs were conducted in Balochistan.

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

At the end of his address, he relayed a message from the army chief: "We are building peace in our country, brick by brick, moving from relative stability towards enduring peace".

He said Rajgal, spreading over about 250 sq km area and has about 8 peaks, ranging from 12000 feet to 14000 feet, can be called as most hard terrain. "For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".

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