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‘Attempts of Daesh to make inroads in Pakistan foiled’

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army spokesman Lt. General Asim Bajwa Thursday briefed media persons about gains in operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation Khyber-I and II in tribal areas of Pakistan, Samaa reported. “At the start of Zarb-e-Azb Operation, Pakistan was plagued with terrorism and militancy, but army successfully eliminated terrorism from their epicenters,” Bajwa said. He said 900...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 1, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 1, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army spokesman Lt. General Asim Bajwa Thursday briefed media persons about gains in operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation Khyber-I and II in tribal areas of Pakistan, Samaa reported.

“At the start of Zarb-e-Azb Operation, Pakistan was plagued with terrorism and militancy, but army successfully eliminated terrorism from their epicenters,” Bajwa said.

He said 900 terrorists were killed in Khyber Agency, adding that Khyber operation was more difficult than offensive in North Waziristan.

He claimed that Swat has regained its previous status of tourist heaven in Pakistan. “I assure you that Swat and other areas have turned into Switzerland and Paris.”

About border management with Afghanistan, he said gates will be installed at all 18 crossing points of Pak-Afghan border.

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About Temporary Displaced People (TDPs), the DG ISPR said 66 per cent of the people have returned to their homes.

He said 537 army men were martyred in operation Zarb-e-Azb and 2272 injured, with 3500 terrorists eliminated.

He said 21,383 intelligence based operations (IBOs) were carried out in the country since beginning of the operation.

The army spokesman said 168 combing operation have so far been carried out in the county.

Daesh in Pakistan

Bajwa said those who changed their loyalties and joined Daesh were involved in several attacks including on media houses, security forces and sensitive installations.

Bajwa said Daesh, after its inception from Middle East, tried to make inroads in Pakistan by joining different groups, but army foiled their attempt to get a foothold in the country.

“We will not tolerate their shadow in Pakistan,” he affirmed.

“The reverse process has begun now as Pakistani society has refused to accept the militant phenomena,” he said.

He said Daesh chief in Pakistan killed 15 people and planned attacks on key installations.

Karachi Operation

Briefing the media persons about ongoing crackdown in Karachi, Bajwa claimed that army and Rangers operations have decreased terrorism in the city by 77 percent, target-killings by 94 per cent and incidents of kidnapping by 89 per cent.

Replying to a question about recent anti-Pakistan speech by MQM chief Altaf Hussain, he said the government is taking action against him.

“He is five thousand kilometres away from here and is a foreign national, but you have seen that no Pakistani has tolerated his speech and remarks. Not even a single person can be found who has not opposed his anti-Pakistan speech and slogans.”

“His incitement of violence is being investigated by Sindh government and actions are underway. I assure you that anything against Pakistan and slogans like Pak Murdabad are no way acceptable.”

The army spokesman was apparently reluctant to answer ‘political questions.’ – Samaa

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