Pakistan announced the start of military operations on the border with Afghanistan

Jerome Frank
July 17, 2017

The Pakistan army on Sunday announced to have launched a major operation Rajgal and Shawwal in the Khyber Agency to flush out Daesh militants attempting to take hold there.

Military spokesman Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor said Islamic State - also known as Daesh - was growing in strength inside Afghanistan, prompting Pakistan to launch an operation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). He said Pakistan had informed the Afghan authorities and urged them to take similar measures on its side of the border. 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.

In Punjab, the DG ISPR said Punjab Rangers with the support of Counter Terrorism Department had carried out 6 major operations while about 7000 IBOs were undertaken.

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.

He stated that the army is prepared to respond to any emergency situation with regards to the monsoon floods.

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

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. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the Raymond Davis affair, he said when asked to comment on the CIA contractor's book wherein he states former ISI chief Lt General Shuja Pasha orchestrated his release from the jail.

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On a question, Major General Asif Ghafoor also made it clear that Pakistan Army is not a part of any conspiracy against the government, and has no direct link with the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT). "If the Afghan army was capable then maybe the issue would be resolved sooner", he said.

Talking about the military courts, he said at present 40 cases are under process.

In reply to a question, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the two members of the JIT from the military's intelligence agencies worked with honesty and dedication.

"In Pakistan, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has shown an alliance with Daesh".

Referring to the ongoing phase-1 of fencing at the Pak-Afghan border, he said on average there is a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres. "In the coming days, we are hopeful the Karachi situation will see more improvement". "We try to keep civilian casualties to a minimum", he added.

Till date, he said over 46 major operations and 9,000 Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) had been carried out since the launch of operation RUF across the country. Thirteen major operations and over 800 IBOs were conducted in Balochistan.

"The entire country, the state's institutions, are all one on CPEC", he assured. "There is no direct army involvement in the JIT" he asserted, adding that the "Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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