Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

Pakistan military has launched a major anti-ISIL operation in its northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, according to an army spokesman on Sunday.

The DG ISPR read out a message from Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa during the press conference: "We are building peace in our country brick by brick and moving from relative stability towards enduring peace".

Last month, Pakistani army chief had called for a greater border coordination and security cooperation with Afghanistan to contain the brewing threat of ISIL. In Sindh, 522 terrorists voluntarily surrendered while fifteen killed. Barrister Zafarullah said that numerous papers filed by the JIT were not based on facts.

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

Talking about the situation on the Line of Control, he said so far 580 ceasefire violations have occurred this year - the highest in any year. He said that the PML-N would win the 2018 general elections with a majority vote. He said Pakistan believes in an open door policy with Afghanistan. Therefore, he said the Pakistan authorities had offered all types of assistance and support.

Though Afghan forces have been informed and Afghanistan may support the operation on their side of the border, the offensive is a purely domestic affair, Ghafoor said.

"There is no direct army involvement in the JIT", he asserted and said that it was working as mandated by the Supreme Court.

He said that the operation would first secure the border near Rajgal Valley and forces would then clear the rest of the area.

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Turning to Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the ISPR Chief said 46 major operations and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched, while 10707 joint check posts were established across Pakistan.

Answering a question about the case of Indian Naval Agent Kubhushan Jhadev, the DG ISPR said, the agent was given time to appeal before the appellate Military Court and after rejection from there the culprit had appealed before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Referring to the ongoing phase-1 of fencing the Pak- Afghan border, he said on average there is a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said their case in the military court will be fast-tracked. Out of the total, 53 executions had been carried out while 40 of them were undertaken during the on-going operation RUF. "It is a subjudice case, and it will go to court".

When his attention was drawn towards the Bill adopted by the US Lower House, he said this Bill had to take a long path for final adoption. "Daesh as an organization does not exist, but if splinter groups of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and other terror groups try to jump on the Daesh bandwagon, we are already taking care of them through other means, like in the Khyber-4 operation", he said.

It is a sub-judice matter and the SC will make its decision in the case, he said adding that it is the duty of every Pakistani to ensure the supremacy of the law and Constitution.

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.

When asked to comment on reports that the army was allegedly part of a conspiracy to remove the incumbent government, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said, "I don't think this even merits a response".

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