Operation launched in Rajgal Valley today: DG ISPR

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Asif Ghafour DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: An operation, to clear the area from terrorists, has been started in Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency, said Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Sunday.
Addressing a news conference here in Rawalpindi, DG ISPR said said objective of the operation was to check growing influence of Daesh on Afghan side of the border.
The DG ISPR said one division troops with support of Pakistan Air Force were taking part in the operation adding that Rajgal Valley was the toughest terrain in FATA.
He said international border with Afghanistan would be fully secured to check infiltration of terrorists and to destroy their hideouts on our side of the border.
Asif Ghafoor said that about 500 families had been living in this area, which are currently staying at safer places as Temporarily Displaced Persons. He said due to effective security operations in the tribal belt, incidents of terrorism had reasonably been declined in the country.
Turning to Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the ISPR Chief said 46 major operations and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched, while over 1,500 joint check posts were established across Pakistan.
Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism had declined by 98 percent.
Elaborating situation on the Line of Control, Asif Ghafoor said India was committing massive ceasefire violations on LOC to divert world attention from the grave human rights violations and indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Occupied Kashmir.
To a question, he said the Army Chief would take a final decision on the appeal of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav at the earliest. He assured that the decision of the Army Chief would be based on justice.
Making a statement on situation in Afghanistan, Asif Ghafoor said Afghan forces were losing its hold over the areas under its control. He said Afghan forces would have to strengthen its footprints on its soil to check the influence of terrorist outfits like DA’ISH.
He said Pakistan had also decided to fence its entire border with Afghanistan and first phase of fencing is underway. He said we would also ensure physical and technical surveillance of the fence. He said Pakistan believed in an open door policy with Afghanistan. He clarified that Pakistan did not approve boots on ground of any country on its soil. Any coordinated operations with Afghanistan will be meant for actions by both the countries on their respective territories.
Major General Asif Ghafoor also made it clear that Pakistan Army was not a part of any conspiracy against the government, and had no direct link with the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
To a question, the DG said Raymond Davis had written his book as contractor and such books have their own agendas, which could be exposed later on.
Answering a question, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was very critical for the development of the country. He said the security forces of Pakistan were very vigilant to foil enemies designs against CPEC.

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