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Army chief reiterates commitment to eradicate terrorists’ sleeper cells from Pakistan

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday visited frontline troops at Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency, ARY News reported.

The Army chief directed the troops to enhance vigilance to stop any movement of terrorists. He reiterated his commitment to eradicate sleeper cells of terrorists from across the country.

He also encouraged and appreciated the highest state of morale and professionalism of the Army men in fighting against terrorists.

“The nation and brave soldiers have paid a heavy price in the war on terror. The operation in the most rugged terrain along Pak-Afghan border is aimed at better border management system,” he said.

Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Hidayat-ur-Rehman gave detailed briefing to Raheel Sharif on the gains consolidated so far in the operation. The Army chief expressed satisfaction over the measures.

Clearance of mountain passes in Rajgal despite this being the most treacherous terrain where terrorists were entrenched on the high mountain passes to stay both sides of the border, is a manifestation of Pakistan’s commitment to check cross border movement. This will go a long way in helping Pakistan’s initiative of border management, the Army chief said.

This should be noted that 11 terrorists were killed and four others injured yesterday in precision air strikes and synchronized ground operation in Khyber Agency.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said, eight terrorist hideouts close to Pakistan-Afghan border were also destroyed in the operation that was carried out in Babar Kachkol, Naray Nao, and Tor Sapar areas of the agency.

Earlier the same day, at least 13 suspected terrorists were killed and six hideouts destroyed in military airstrikes in Tirah Valley.

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