Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

The army wants rule of law and constitution in the country, he responded to a question.

The operation, Khybar-4, will cover about 250 square kilometers in which pro-Daesh groups like Jamaatul Ahrar and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as well as the Pakistani Taliban, have become entrenched.

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.

Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor made the announcement while speaking in a press briefing.

He said this while announcing the launch of a major operation in the Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency, code named Khyber-IV, saying Daesh had gained strength in an Afghan area close to the border.

Ghafoor rejected the notion that Daesh has any organized presence in Pakistan, however.

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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. He said multiple "terrorist" organisations with links to recent attacks in Pakistan had safe havens on the other side of border.

He said that the "Khyber 4" operation, which would include the Pakistan Air Force, would focus on the border areas inside the Khyber Agency area, which is part of Fata. He clarified that Pakistan does not approve boots on ground of any country on its soil.

On June 4, Pakistan security forces had claimed killing over a dozen suspected ISIL fighters during a security operation in southwestern Balochistan province that was aimed at recovering a Chinese couple kidnapped by the terror group in May last.

DG ISPR said Raymond Davis wrote his book as a contractor, and his remarks regarding his exit from Pakistan may have other purposes.

He also said that 22 terrorists were killed in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Punjab.

Another aim of the operation is to stop the uncontrolled movement of people across the border between Nangarhar and Khyber. "An operation to wipe out terrorists has been launched in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency.".

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"We are working brick by brick to bring normalcy back to Pakistan with the support and in support of other institutions", he said.

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

While answering a question, the ISPR DG said that the military is not directly related to the Panamagate and the JIT formed by the top court.

He said the situation along the Line of Control (LOC) showed extraordinary trends recently, following the hot political situation inside India.

The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation. He added that it Chief of Army Staff is considering the second appeal.

He went on to say that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was constituted by the Supreme Court and the representatives of military institutions i.e. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) worked honestly under the apex court's orders. "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".

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