Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

Referring to the recent visit of US Senators representing Defence Committee, he said that they were taken to the areas where the state had regained her writ by eliminating terror and they had expressed appreciations of the role of Pakistan's military.

He hinted that another similar chunk called Shawal where concentration of terrorists was also reported, would be another target of the operation in the upcoming days.

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

Talking about the situation on the Line of Control, he said so far 580 ceasefire violations have occurred to-date this year - the highest in any year.

Fata, Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, is governed by Islamabad via an archaic set of laws and has seen multiple military operations against militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda after the so-called "war on terror" triggered by 9/11. He added, "Other government institutions were also involved in the matter".

Over 7,000 IBOs have been conducted, and 22 terrorists killed in these operations, the DG ISPR said. "There is a coordinated and complementary operation on their respective sides of the border".

Earlier, paramilitary Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Mohammed Saeed said that Karachi has reclaimed it status as the city of lights, which is flourishing and the citizens are no longer afraid for their lives. The JIT has no direct link with the army, he said.

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

He said Pakistan forces had been exercising restraint but whenever reacted it was in retaliation to the unprovoked firing whereby directly engaging the Indian posts from where the fire was being originated.

The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation. We fire towards bunkers where we think the firing is coming from.

Asif Ghafoor let it be known that the appeal of Kulbhushan Jadhav has been forwarded to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and the decision will be taken according to the merit keeping the national interest in mind.

Giving details about the performance of the Military Courts, he said total 274 terrorists were tried and of them 161 were awarded death penalty. He also couldn't resist a minor dig at Pakistan's troubled neighbor: "If the Afghan army were as capable as the Pakistan Army, then maybe the issue [of terrorism] would be resolved sooner", Ghafoor said.

"Under Operation RuF, we will strengthen our border".

The ISI was not the only institute involved in the Raymond Davis affair, he said when asked to comment on the Central Intelligence Agency contractor's book wherein he states former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha orchestrated his release from jail.

Major General Ghafoor briefed the media today over ongoing security operations in the country and answered questions posed by journalists in attendance.