Pakistan launches military operation against militants in tribal area

Kristopher Drake
July 17, 2017

"If the Afghan army was capable then maybe the issue would be resolved sooner", he said.

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.

He stated that the army is prepared to respond to any emergency situation with regards to the monsoon floods. This is "the most critical area in the [FATA]", said Maj.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27 major operations and 817 IBOs were carried out.

Elaborating situation on the Line of Control, Asif Ghafoor said India is committing massive ceasefire violations on LOC to divert world attention from the grave human rights violations and indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Occupied Kashmir. About 1,760 joint checkposts have been established in coordination with police and other law enforcement agencies, he said.

"Issues prevalent in the city were among the major highlights", the DG said.

Incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have shown a drop over the three-year period from 2014-2017, he said. Therefore, he said the Pakistan authorities had offered all types of assistance and support.

He clarified that carrying out joint operations by the security forces was meant to undertake offensive against the terrorists within their respective territorial jurisdictions by sharing intelligence reports with each other and sealing the border so that to check infiltration of terrorists from and to either side.

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

"All evidence and case proceedings are being examined by the army chief, and he will make a decision on the basis of merit and justice", he said. "We only fire towards bunkers where we think the firing is coming from".

The JIT comprising officials from different agencies including those from powerful spy agencies the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Military Intelligence officials, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and State Bank of Pakistan was formed after the Supreme Court's verict in April to probe money laundering charges against the Sharif family. ordered the formation of a Joint Investigation Team in April.

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

He also referred to the ongoing phase-1 of the fencing the Afghan border, which is being done in collaboration with Afghanistan.

In Punjab, there have been six major operations and over 7,000 IBOs in which 22 terrorists were killed, he said.

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

"Under Operation RuF, we will strengthen our border".

Addressing a media conference, the ISPR DG said the operation has been launched to wipe out terrorists and consolidate gains made in other military operations to further enhance the security of Pakistan's borders. "Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions", he said.

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.

There is no timeline for the operation as yet, Ghafoor said in response to a question.

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