RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has announced to launch operation “Radd ul Fasaad” against terrorists all over the country, said an ISPR press release here.
According to the press release, the operation aims at indiscriminately eliminating residual/latent threat to terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of borders. Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil Armed Forces (CAF) and other security/ law enforcing agencies (LEAs) will continue to actively participate / intimately support the efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
The decision has been taken at a high-level security meeting in Lahore on Wednesday. Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired the meeting, attended by all Corps Commanders, Pb Province, DG PR Pb & int heads. Troops and police have been on high alert in Pakistan after last week’s wave of attacks, including one in Lahore and another on a Sufi shrine in Sindh province killed more than 100 people.
After the attacks, Islamabad launched a violent crackdown, with Pakistani forces saying they had killed dozens of “terrorists” and carried out strikes on militant hideouts along the border with Afghanistan. Prior to last week’s attacks, Pakistani forces have been engaged in a series of offensives, mainly in the country’s troubled northwestern tribal region, in pursuit of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. Thursday’s devastating assault on the Sufi shrine was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group and came after a series of violent attacks, including a Taliban suicide bomb in Lahore on February 13 which killed 13 people and wounded dozens.