Pakistan army nabs militants behind attack on office of Punjab CM

Pakistan army nabs militants behind attack on office of Punjab CM”

Ghafoor said the areas cleared before had to be re-visited again to again clear them as terrorists move from one area to other.

In a news conference, DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army has achieved the ground objectives in Shawal and Rajgal.

Clearance operation was still continued in the Khyber Valley, he added, saying 91 checkposts had been setup in Rajgal area. The Pakistan Army has maintained that all terrorists, whether captured or surrendered, will be punished.

During the operation, two soldiers were martyred and 15 were injured.

ISPR director general said that the militant hideouts present near the Pak-Afghan border were cleared by the security forces.

Ghafoor added that the military had consultation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces during the operation.

He expressed confidence in the results of operations, saying that the army has broken the backbone of terror outfits and it is nearly impossible for them to re-emerge.

In reply to a question, the DG ISPR categorially said that no organized network of any terrorist organization exists in Pakistan.

Talking about Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the DG ISPR said that 95 percent of IDPs have returned to their native towns in the tribal region.

He said no time frame could be provided for conclusion of Operation Khyber IV. 'Over 250 cross border attacks were foiled by the forces, ' he said. The Army also killed 52 militants in the valley.

DG ISPR further said that Pakistan is the only country which fought terrorism all by itself.

"We have the confidence that they [militants] cannot have a resurgence", said DG ISPR.

The army had earlier stated that the operation in Rajgal Valley aimed at breaking contacts between the Islamic State militants and Pakistani militants, and stopping the IS from entering Pakistani areas from Afghanistan.

Speaking on the Dawn Leaks inquiry, he said that it is the responsibility of the federal government to probe the matter.

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