Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley

Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley

Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley

He told that Operation Khyber IV is a part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, and terrorist activities in Pakistan have been reduced significantly.

In reply to a question, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the two members of the JIT from the military's intelligence agencies worked with honesty and dedication. "It is a sub-judice matter and the Supreme Court will make its decision in the case", he said.

Pakistani forces launched the operation a day after the USA defense department Pentagon said that the US forces killed the Daesh regional leader Abu Sayed in a recent airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province. "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.

Pakistani security forces on Sunday launched a fresh major ground and air offensive in a rugged mountainous region to clear the area of the militants, the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

The DG ISPR said a follow-up operation, Khyber-4, has been launched in tribal areas.

"We are working brick by brick to bring normalcy back to Pakistan with the support and in support of other institutions", he said.

The DG ISPR informed that the valley, next to the Afghan border, is being used by Daesh and other local militant groups.

"We shall not allow them to take foothold here".

46 thousand operations at big scale were carried out under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country, he remarked.

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He said there were 382 in 2016, 248 in 2015 and 315 in 2014, but the current ceasefire violations have resulted in the highest number of civilian casualties."India targets civilians in ceasefire violations", he said.

He said Rajgal, spreading over about 250 sq km area and has about 8 peaks, ranging from 12000 feet to 14000 feet, can be called as most hard terrain.

According to him, Pakistan appealed to Afghan authorities with a request to conduct a similar operation on their side of the border in Nangarhar province which is a stronghold for ISIS.

When questioned about the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the DG ISPR said that the Research and Analysis Wing agent's mercy appeal is pending before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa. "But Daesh is gaining strength in Afghanistan".

He termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as "very critical for the progress of Pakistan" and said the armed forces would give complete security and will not let it fail at any cost.

Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, DG-ISPR he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter.

"As Rajgal valley is located in rugged mountains, the operation will be hard, but we are confident that the security forces will succeed to clear the area", the military spokesman said.

Giving details about the performance of the Military Courts, he said total 274 terrorists were tried and of them 161 were awarded death penalty.

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".

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