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Pakistan Army launched today Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency along the Pak-Afghan border to clear the area of terrorism. This was announced by Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor while addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi this afternoon.  He said DA'ISH has increased its influence on the Afghan side and objective behind the operation is to check their cross border intrusion to carryout terrorist activities on our side of the border.    The DG said one division troops with the support of PAF are taking part in the operation. He said Rajgal Valley is the toughest terrain in FATA. He said international border with Afghanistan will be fully secured to check infiltration of terrorists and to destroy their hideouts in 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 have reasonably been declined in the country.  Turning to Operation Raddul 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. Thirteen major operations and over 800 IBOs were conducted in Balochistan. In Sindh, 522 terrorists voluntarily surrendered while fifteen killed. In Punjab, six major operations and over 7000 IBOs were carried out.  Twenty two terrorists were also killed. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,  twenty seven major operations were launched, while 817 intelligence based operations were also conducted.  Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism have declined by 98 percent.

Host: Dr. Shaoib Ahmad


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