Pakistan announced the start of military operations on the border with Afghanistan

Pakistan announced the start of military operations on the border with Afghanistan

Pakistan announced the start of military operations on the border with Afghanistan

He said that Pakistan Army is a part of Pakistan and is working for the country's defence.

Gen. Asif Ghafoor told a news conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Army on Sunday announced to have launched a major anti-terrorist operation in tribal areas of Rajgal and Shawwal to flush out Daesh militants attempting to take hold in the Khyber Agency.

Turning to Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the ISPR Chief said 46 major operations and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched, while 10707 joint check posts were established across Pakistan. "In Afghanistan, yes, it is getting stronger, but we don't believe it is the same as the Daesh in the Middle East", he said.

"In Pakistan, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has shown an alliance with Daesh".

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.

Fata, Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, is governed by Islamabad via an archaic set of laws and has seen multiple military operations against militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda after the so-called "war on terror" triggered by 9/11.

DG ISPR said Raymond Davis wrote his book as a contractor, and his remarks regarding his exit from Pakistan may have other purposes.

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.

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"The shared border with Afghanistan and Iran are being fenced", Ghafoor said. "An operation to wipe out terrorists has been launched in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency.".

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.

He said on the ground Pakistan Army would be carrying out operation while the support of PAF would be sought on as and when required basis.

He added that terrorism in Karachi has gone down by 98 percent.

The situation along the Line of Control (LoC) has been "especially tense", Ghafoor said, with 580 ceasefire violations in this year alone.

The spokesman said Afghan military had been informed ahead of the latest anti-ISIL operation.

DG-ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that the military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal.

The ISI was not the only institute involved in the Raymond Davis affair, he said when asked to comment on the Central Intelligence Agency contractor's book wherein he states former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha orchestrated his release from jail. "There is no direct army involvement in the JIT" he asserted, adding that the "Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions".

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