Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Vallley: ISPR

Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

Pakistan launches offensive against IS near Afghan border

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

He also referred to the ongoing phase-1 of the fencing the Afghan border, which is being done in collaboration with Afghanistan.

Another aim of the operation is to stop the uncontrolled movement of people across the border between Nangarhar and Khyber. He said on average there will be a fort or check post after every 1.5 kilometres.

He said that Pakistan Army cooperated during the census and is also ready to deal with the flood situation.

In Punjab, the DG ISPR said Punjab Rangers with the support of Counter Terrorism Department had carried out 6 major operations while about 7000 IBOs were undertaken.

Military spokesman Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor said Islamic State - also known as Daesh - was growing in strength inside Afghanistan, prompting Pakistan to launch an operation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces. "But still, we feel that it is not purely the Daesh which is there in the Middle East".

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

There were 382 in 2016, 248 in 2015 and 315 in 2014, he said. "The Pakistan Army doesn't think this is a good method".

"The things are improving and we hope that these will further improve in the days to come", he said.

Answering a question about the case of Indian Naval Agent Kubhushan Jhadev, the DG ISPR said, the agent was given time to appeal before the appellate Military Court and after rejection from there the culprit had appealed before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). He assured that the decision of the Army Chief will be based on justice. He said Pakistan believes in an open door policy with Afghanistan.

Trend in civilian casualties.

Law enforcement personnel and "soft targets" have become the new targets for militants, he added.

The Karachi operation was initiated in September 2013, on the directives of the federal government to purge the city of terrorist elements.

In response to another question, Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed that there is no organised Daesh infrastructure in Pakistan and nor will one be allowed. In Sindh, 522 terrorists voluntarily surrendered while fifteen killed.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27 major operations and 817 IBOs were carried out.

"That's why this war is hard".

When asked to comment on a "social media campaign against state institutions", he said "every person has freedom of expression, but any patriot Pakistani can not be part of any negative campaign against the army".

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor recalled that a meeting of the provincial apex committee held in Karachi was attended by the Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to review the security situation. "For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".

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