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Recent terror attacks linked to sanctuaries across border: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: After three deadly bombings – one in Quetta and two others in Kurram Agency’s Parachinar town – claiming over 50 lives and hurting more than hundred others, the Army’s media wing announced that security and surveillance along Pak-Afgan border have been beefed up.

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor made the announcement hours after two separate terror attacks besides a gun attack targeting police personnel in Karachi left four policemen dead.

“Recent terrorist incidents linked to sanctuaries across [Afghan border],” the DG ISPR said in a tweet.

Pakistan had blamed terrorist havens in Afghanistan for bloodshed on its soil. Earlier this year, officials of Afghan Embassy in Islamabad were summoned to the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) and were handed over a list of 76 terrorists carrying out attacks inside Pakistani territory.

The Pak Army’s spokesperson further said: “Stringent action will be taken against illegal border-crossers.”

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Previously, he quoted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and underlined that the security has been tightened across the country while special Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) and search operations have been launched in coordination with Intelligence and other Law Enforcement Agencies.

Quoting the COAS, the ISPR also said that on eve of religious festival Eid, the “enemy [is] trying to mar [the] festive mood of [the] nation through such coward acts”. Adding, “[the] enemy… shall fail against [the] resilience of Pakistan.”

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad 

Pakistan Army launched countrywide Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad after a series of bombings earlier this year, in which more than 100 people were killed, shattering a nascent sense of peace across the country.

The operation aimed at indiscriminately eliminating residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and by further ensuring security of the borders.



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