RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army says that over 100 terrorists have been killed in a nationwide crackdown on militant group since last night.
The crackdown was launched on the order of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) shortly after a suicide bomber killed more than 80 people at the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.
“IBOs (intelligence-based operations) and combining operations are in progress across the country including Punjab. Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made,” a statement by DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said.
“Intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind recent terrorist incidents and outcome will be shared. There are linkages of support for these incidents from across the border. The border has been closed since last night due to security reasons. No cross border / unauthorised entry will be allowed to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
According to the ISPR, security forces have been given special orders in this regard to have strict watch all along the border.
Afghan authorities have been given list of 76 terrorists who are hiding across the border since long and planning, directing, supporting terrorist activities in Pakistan.
The Afghan government has been asked to target them / hand them over to Pakistan. It further said that terrorist hideouts on Pak-Afg Border have been effectively targeted.
Meanwhile General Qamar Javed Bajwa said army is for security of People of Pakistan against all types of threat.
He urged the nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces. “We shall not let the hostile agenda succeed whatever it may cost”.
Story first published: 17th February 2017