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Operation would continue till eradication of the menace of terrorism: DG ISPR

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RAWALPINDI:(APS)June 15, 2016-Director-General Inter Service Public Relations Lt. General Asim Bajwa says Government writ has been established in FATA and Swat and operation would continue in some pockets to eliminate terrorists.

Briefing newsmen about achievements of operation Zarb-e-Azb in Rawalpindi on Wednesday afternoon, he said the operation would continue till eradication of the menace of terrorism.

He said it is because of restoration of law and order that 61% of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes in FATA.

Asim Bajwa said 2100 terrorists have been killed during operations in different parts of the country.

He said 490 troops also embraced martyrdom during these operations.

He said more than 19,000 intelligence based operations were carried out all over the country which led to dismantling of terrorist networks and destruction of their hideouts. He said there were many no go areas, which have also been cleared.

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General Bajwa said 1200 terrorists were either arrested or killed in Karachi and as a consequence there has been significant improvement in law and order situation in the city. He said there has been marked reduction in incidents of target killings, kidnappings for ransom and extortion.

He said the operation has been carried out without any discrimination and intelligence-based and combing operations would continue throughout the country. He said 280 intelligence based operations have been conducted in Central, South and North Punjab.

Director-General ISPR said as declared by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif there would be now focus on border management on Pak-Afghan border to check infiltration.

He said a border management mechanism is being developed under which FC and Para-Military forces would be raised to strengthen crossing points. He said there are eight established crossing points on Pak-Afghan border besides numerous informal points. He said construction of gates and fencing is part of the border management to ensure that no one enters the country without proper documents.

Replying to a question he said agents of Afghan intelligence agency NDS used to cross into Pakistan through Torkham border.

He said our intelligence agencies are fully alive to the designs and activities of hostile agencies and would foil their plans.

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