Pakistan, Afghanistan to launch coordinated operation on both sides of border: ISPR

Agencies/Islamabad
July 17, 2017 0 Comments INTERNATIONAL 43 Views

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan and Afghanistan will launch a coordinated operation on both sides of the border.
In the press conference he said, “Khyber 4 operation in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency has been launched to wipe out terrorists from this land.” He further said, “Rajgal valley is next to the Afghan border, and is being used by ISIS and other local militant groups.”
Khyber 4 is part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasad, which will aim at targeting terrorist hideouts in what he called “the most critical area in FATA”.
DG ISPR said, “A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, secure the int border, eliminate hideouts, and complete physical hold on Khyber Agency.”
Regarding the ongoing phase-1 of fencing the Pak- Afghan border, he informed the media that on average there was a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres.
Maj Gen Ghafoor assured that during the coordinated efforts between Afghanistan and Pakistan, “There will never be any foreign boots on our ground.”
He gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad (RuF). He claimed that the security situation across Pakistan has improved since RuF has been launched.
Talking about the situation on the Line of Control, he said India has violated 580 ceasefires to-date, which is the highest since it started. “This indicates the Indian aim of diverting attention from political upheaval in Indian Occupied Kashmir,” he claimed.
He concluded the presser by relaying a message from the army chief Qamar Bajwa: ‘We are building peace in our country, brick by brick.’

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