Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley
Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley
ISPR DG announced launch of Operation Khyber IV in Rajgal and Shawal
17 July, 2017, 13:40
"There is no direct army involvement in the JIT", he asserted and said that it was working as mandated by the Supreme Court.
The operation, Khybar-4, will cover about 250 square kilometers in which pro-Daesh groups like Jamaatul Ahrar and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as well as the Pakistani Taliban, have become entrenched.
Codenamed Khyber-4, the military operation will target militant hideouts in what Major General Asif Ghafoor called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".
Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor Bajwa has said on Sunday that Pakistan Army does not have a direct relation with Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Ghafoor rejected the notion that Daesh has any organized presence in Pakistan, however.
"We shall not allow them to take foothold here".
He said that the operation aims to secure the global border with Afghanistan by preventing Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.
He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces.
He clarified that carrying out joint operations by the security forces was meant to undertake offensive against the terrorists within their respective territorial jurisdictions by sharing intelligence reports with each other and sealing the border so that to check infiltration of terrorists from and to either side.
The army spokesperson also gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad. Khyber-4 falls under the umbrella of this operation, as does a large-scale project to fence the border with Afghanistan and Iran.
Islamic State has had more success in neighbouring Afghanistan, where it controls small chunks of land, but has also faced tough resistance from the US-backed government in Kabul and local Afghan Taliban militants.
The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation.
He added that terrorism in Karachi has gone down by 98 percent.
He said the situation along the Line of Control (LOC) showed extraordinary trends recently, following the hot political situation inside India.
DG ISPR said one division troops with support of Pakistan Air Force are taking part in the operation.
The ISPR chief lamented that the Indian army has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas whereas the Pakistan Army can not do that to Kashmiris across the LoC.
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).
Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, DG-ISPR he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter. "For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".
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