Massive offensive launched against terrorists in Rajgal

Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

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.

Replying to a question, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said there is no organized infrastructure of Daesh in Pakistan and we shall not allow them to take foothold here.

He says Pakistan has informed Afghan authorities and urged them to take similar measures on their side of the border.

Addressing a media conference, the ISPR DG said that the operation aims to secure the global border with Afghanistan by preventing the Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.

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

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". "It is a subjudice case, and it will go to court".

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Last month, Pakistani army chief had called for a greater border coordination and security cooperation with Afghanistan to contain the brewing threat of ISIL.

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.

Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism have declined by 98 percent.

About the National Census, the DG ISPR said that all the data compiled during the demographic process had been escorted to the Pakistan Bureau of Statics (PSB) where the work had begun to give it final shape.

"The DG ISPR said one division troops with support of Pakistan Air Force are taking part in the operation".

In Sindh, he said that total 522 terrorists had voluntarily surrendered before the security forces while other 15 were killed during various operations.

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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. We fire towards bunkers where we think the firing is coming from.

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

DG-ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that the military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal. During these operations 22 terrorists were killed in crossfire.

Answering another question, he said the matter of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was not related to the Army as it was formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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.

There have been 27 major operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 817 IBOs, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

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Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter. "For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".

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