Army launches new operation in Khyber Agency

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Inter Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor
Inter Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor held a press conference on Sunday.

Addressing the media, he said a follow-up operation, Khyber-4, has been launched in Khyber Agency’s Rajgal Valley today. The ISPR DG said the area, next to the Afghan border, is being used by Daesh and other local militant groups. 

A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, he informed, hoping they plan to unilaterlly secure the int border, eliminate hideouts, and complete physical hold on Khyber Agency. 

The army spokesperson also gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad. 

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. “This indicates the Indian aim of diverting attention from political upheaval in Indian Occupied Kashmir,” he claimed.

The ISPR DG lamented that the Indian army has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas whereas the Pakistan Army cannot do that to Kashmiris across the LoC.

“There will never be any foreign boots on our ground,” said Maj Gen Ghafoor when talking about collaborative efforts against terrorism on the Pak-Afghan border.

Referring to the ongoing phase-1 of fencing the Pak- Afghan border, he said on average there is a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres.

Talking about the military courts, he said at present 40 cases are under process at the moment. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said there case in the military court will be fast-tracked.

He ended the presser by relaying a message from the army chief: We are building peace in our country, brick by brick.

Replying to a question on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, DG ISPR said the army chief is reviewing the proceedings of the case and will take a decision on his appeal on merit.

Originally Posted on SuchTv

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