Rawalpindi (July 16, 2017): Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has on Sunday informed that Operation Khyber IV on a large scale has been launched by Pakistan Army in Rajgal and Shawal on Sunday (today).
Addressing a press conference on the launch of a new military operation in Khyber Agency, the army spokesperson faced a barrage of queries related to the country’s political situation despite his repeated refusals to get into any controversy.
Major General Asif Ghafoor added that 500 families are forced to live away from their homes. He affirmed that the hideouts of terrorists will be ousted.
He told that Operation Khyber IV is a part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, and terrorist activities in Pakistan have been reduced significantly. 46 thousand operations at big scale were carried out under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country, he remarked.
Asif Ghafoor told that there is no organized infrastructure of Daish in Pakistan, and Pakistan Army will not allow to establish them either.
Major General Asif, however, admitted that the presence of Daish is increasing in the areas adjacent to Afghanistan, and did not negate the possibility of alliance of Daish with some components of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He said that the arrested persons in Paranchinar incident are also related to Daish.
Talking about the condition of Karachi, DG ISPR told that it will get better in coming days, and informed that 15 terrorists are killed in an operation in Sindh.
On a question, Major General Asif Ghafoor also made it clear that Pakistan Army is not a part of any conspiracy against the government, and has no direct link with the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
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.
DG ISPR said Raymond Davis wrote his book as a contractor, and his remarks regarding his exit from Pakistan may have other purposes.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the army has no direct link with the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
In reply to a question, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the members of the JIT worked with honesty and dedication. “It is a sub-judice matter and the Supreme Court will make its decision in the case,” he said.
When asked to comment on reports that the army is part of a conspiracy to remove the government, he said “I don’t think this even merits a response. I have shown you what the army is doing”.
“It is the duty of every Pakistani to ensure the supremacy of the law and Constitution,” he said in answer to another question.
The army spokesperson also gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad (RuF), launched earlier this year, stating that the security situation of the country has improved as a result.
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. “This indicates the Indian aim of diverting attention from political upheaval in Indian Occupied Kashmir,” he claimed.
The ISPR chief 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 at 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. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said their case in the military court will be fast-tracked.
At the end of his address, he relayed a message from the army chief: “We are building peace in our country, brick by brick, moving from relative stability towards enduring peace. For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions.”
DG ISPR said all state institutions are on one page when it comes to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
When asked to comment on a ‘social media campaign against state institutions’, he said “every person has freedom of expression, but any patriot Pakistani cannot be part of any negative campaign against the army”.
“Ehsanullah Ehsan will be proceeded against according to the law,” he said when asked about the future course of action with regards to the former TTP terrorist now in army custody.
He stated that the army is prepared to respond to any emergency situation with regards to the monsoon floods.