Pakistani forces launch major offensive against terrorists in Khyber region

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).

DG-ISPR Maj Gen Ghafoor said that the Pakistan Army is a part of Pakistan and is working for the country’s defence and everyone should respect the constitution. A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, he informed, hoping they plan to unilaterally secure the worldwide border, eliminate hideouts, and complete physical hold on Khyber Agency. The military spokesman said the operation will help prevent other militant groups from supporting Daesh and secure areas bordering Afghanistan.

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

He said that Pakistan Army cooperated during the census and is also ready to deal with the flood situation. 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.

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

Major General Ghafoor briefed the media today over ongoing security operations in the country and answered questions posed by journalists in attendance.

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

When questioned about the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the DG ISPR said that the Research and Analysis Wing agent’s mercy appeal is pending before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.

There has been a decreasing trend in sectarian attacks, the DG ISPR said.

The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation. Thirteen major operations and over 800 IBOs were conducted in Balochistan.

In Sindh, 522 terrorists have “willingly surrendered” under RuF, he said, adding that 15 terrorists had been killed in operations in the province.

The spokesman addressed concerns in the U.S. about the presence in Pakistan of the so-called Haqqani network, the strongest faction of the Taliban fighting against allied forces in Afghanistan.

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

The ISI was not the only institute involved in the Raymond Davis affair, he said when asked to comment on the Central Intelligence Agency contractor’s book wherein he states former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha orchestrated his release from jail.

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

When asked to comment on a “social media campaign against state institutions”, he said “every person has freedom of expression, but any patriot Pakistani can not be part of any negative campaign against the army”.