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Khyber-4 operation: Two soldiers martyred, 52 terrorists killed, five arrested – DG ISPR

DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor

RAWALPINDI: Announcing successful completion of Khyber-4 operation in Rajgal Valley, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor says 52 terrorists were killed and five arrested by the armed forces during the operation.

The operation was launched under Radd-ul-Fasaad, a countrywide anti-terror initiative launched by the military to wipe out terrorists. Operation Khyber-4 was aimed at securing the international border with Afghanistan by preventing Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.

Addressing a press conference here, Maj Gen Ghafoor said clearance operation is underway in the Valley.

The military spokesperson said ground targets during an operation in Rajgal and Shawal valleys have been achieved.

During the briefing, DG ISPR told journalists that no terror organisation had an organized network in Pakistan.

Maj Gen Ghafoor underlined that Khyber-4 operation was launched on July 15 this year and complete today (August 21), while two soldiers were martyred and six injured during the battle.

He said security forces had recovered several improvised explosive devices during the operation. India-made weapons were also recovered during the operation, he added.

At the time of launching operation Khyber-IV, DG ISPR had said one division troops with support of Pakistan Air Force were taking part in the operation. “Around 500 families had been living in this area, which are currently staying in safer places as Temporarily Displaced Persons,” he added.

He said 95 per cent of the TDPs have returned to their home after completion of military operation in the valley.

DG ISPR said a terror network behind attacking mosque in Rawalpindi in 2013 had also been busted.

To a question regarding ‘Dawn Leaks‘ and its investigation follow-up, the DG ISPR responded that it’s the government who was authority to open the probe, not the army.

Responding to another query, he said ex-army chief Gen (retd) Pervez Mushrraf had 40 years of experience in the army so he might be giving his views on [security-related issued]. If he opines on political matters, it’s in his personal capacity, he added.

 

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‘We don’t need to hoist flag for spying purpose’

Asif Ghafoor said that this Independence Day was observed with the traditional zeal and fervor and Pakistani flag was hoisted at such places where people would earlier say hoisting Pakistani flag was not possible.

He also refuted the Indian claim that the flag hoisted at Wagah Border was for spying purpose.

“By the grace of Allah (SWT), we hoisted the highest flag of South Asia (on August 14). Although, Indians were saying that we fitted an spying instrument in the flag, but there is no reality in this claim. We do not need to hoist a flag for spying purpose, our intelligence agencies are capable to gather any intelligence we require,” he said.

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