Operation Zarb-e-Azb led to decrease in terrorism: DG ISPR

PESHAWAR: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR), Major General Asim Salim Bajwa said on Wednesday that Operation Zarb-e-Azb was proceeding successfully and as a result terrorism had decreased in Pakistan.

Briefing the media here on Wednesday, Major General Bajwa said areas cleared of terrorists were being handed over to the administration while no timeframe could be given for the completion of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

The DG ISPR told media that Khyber-I Operation had been launched against terrorists who had fled to the Khyber Agency. He added that over 40 terrorists had been killed during the operation in Khyber Agency while over 100 terrorists had laid down their arms. The DG ISPR further said the operation would continue to target terrorist hideouts.

132 tonnes of explosives were recovered during the operation in North Waziristan which is being disabled. Major General Bajwa said the area beyond Dattakhel was being cleared and terrorist hideouts were being targeted on the basis of intelligence reports.

The DG ISPR appealed to people to identify suspects and emphasised that Pakistan’s soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism.

Major General Bajwa told reporters that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was operating from Afghanistan stating that Fazullah and other groups had formed camps in Nuristan and Kunar.

According to DG ISPR, provinces had sought security from the army during Muharram. “The army will be ready to assist where the need arises.”