ISLAMABAD: Following the announcement of launching formal operation against militants in North Waziristan, the authorities ordered red alert countrywide, ARY News reported.
The security has been beefed up to thwart the possible backlash of operation against militants in North Waziristan. In this connection the number of security personnel have been increased at the sensitive areas of different cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawer, Quetta.
The security of federal capital has been handed over to Pakistan Army as huge number of Army personnel have deployed at sensitive institutes including PM House, President House and Parliament Lodges.
The Armed Forces of Pakistan on Sunday evening announced to initiate formal operation against the militants residing in North Waziristan on the advice of government.
Director General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) informed that Armed forces of Pakistan have started a formal operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Wazirastan Agency on the directions of the Government.
The operation has been named ‘Zarb-e-Azb’, with the motive to eliminate the terrorists regardless of hue and color, along with their sanctuaries for which armed forces of Pakistan will not hesitate in rendering any sacrifice for the motherland, ISPR press release revealed.
With the support of the entire nation, and in coordination with other state institutions and Law Enforcement Agencies, these enemies of the state will be denied space anywhere across the country, added ISPR release.
It further stated that using North Waziristan as a base, these terrorists had waged a war against the state of Pakistan and had been disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property.
Earlier today morning, more than eighty terrorists including Abu Abdur Rehman Almani the planner of terrorists attack on Karachi airport killed in air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
According to ISPR, the strikes were carried out in Datta Khel Tehsil and Degan area and most of the terrorist killed were Uzbek. An ammunition dump was also destroyed.
Those targeted strikes were carried out after confirmed reports regarding presence of foreign and local terrorists in these hideouts, who were linked to planning of Karachi airport attack.