Army launches operation in tribal areas targeting ISIS

Military spokesman brushes aside loaded questions

Military spokesman brushes aside loaded questions

The ruling party also raised questions on the performance of the JIT members.

In reply to a question, Maj General Ghafoor said that the JIT members worked with honesty and dedication. "I have shown you what the army is doing".

When asked to comment on reports that the army is part of a conspiracy to remove the civilian government, the Geo News quoyted him as saying "I don't think this even merits a response".

To a question, he said the Army Chief will take a final decision on the appeal of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav at the earliest.

Referring to the recently held Apex Committee meeting in Karachi, he said the forum had chose to review and implement all the decisions taken by it earlier.

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.

Operation Khyber-4: Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor announced the launch of Operation Khyber-4 under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to wipe out terrorists in the Rajgal Valley of the Khyber Agency.

"As regards inside Afghanistan, yes, Daesh is getting stronger there, is gaining strength". "The operation will continue till complete hold on Khyber Agency", he asserted.

Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".

In the past, Islamabad insisted ISIL had no presence on its soil, in response to Afghan claims that hundreds of Pakistani Taliban fighters were now loyal to ISIL.

Referring to the fencing of worldwide border along Afghanistan, he said work on the most sensitive portion had already been started and first phase of it would be completed in the due course. Any coordinated operations with Afghanistan will be meant for actions by both the countries on their respective territories.

He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces. But, Daesh as an organisation does not exist here. Referring to the recent visit of US Senators representing Defence Committee, he said that they were taken to the areas where the state had regained her writ by eliminating terror and they had expressed appreciations of the role of Pakistan's military.

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Ghafoor said that "There is a blame game as to why the Haqqani network is here", and said his country fought against all terrorists.

As far as the situation within Afghanistan was concerned, he said that it was a well known fact that the security forces of brotherly and friendly nation were unable to tackle their internal situations. "No one wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".

"As many as 56 major operations including the Mastung operation and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched while over 1,500 joint check-posts were established across Pakistan", he said.

"Every person has freedom of opinion", the DG ISPR said.

On sectarian attacks, he said there were 201 sectarian attacks in 2013 which have now fallen to only two this year.

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.

He also said that 22 terrorists were killed in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Punjab.

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

Speaking on the Line of Control violations being carried out by India, he said that the South Asian country targets civilian population.

There were 382 in 2016, 248 in 2015 and 315 in 2014, he said.

Army chief's message: The ISPR director general also read out a message from Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the press conference.

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

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