Over 24,000 IBOs were conducted in Punjab, over 80,000 in Sindh and many in other parts of the country Said ISPR DG

The ISPR DG said over 24,000 IBOs were conducted in Punjab, over 80,000 in Sindh and many in other parts of the country.

The IBOs also included foiling of major terror activities, including attack on the PC Hotel Gwadar in Balochistan, KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Arid University suicide attack, and also attacks on the Pakistan Stock Exchange and the Chinese Embassy in Karachi, he added.

The ISPR DG said the whole country was focused where the intelligence agencies had made huge efforts to dismantle terrorist activities. Around 5,000 threat alerts were issued whereas many of terror acts were circumvented at initial stages.

The Operation Khyber-4, he said, was been launched to cleanse the Rajgal Valley from terrorists. It was a painstaking task as over 750 square kilometers more area was cleared.

Major General Babar Iftikhar said under the Radd-ul-Fasaad Operation, deweaponization was also carried out. Over 73,000 illegal weapons and more than five million ammunition were recovered during IBOs conducted across the country.

During 2017-2021, he said, a total of 1,850 terror acts events had occurred, with 1,684 cross-border firing incidents recorded along the western border. About 353 terrorists were killed and many detained in various IBOs, he added.

He said the Operation had also helped in capacity enhancement of various law enforcement agencies (LEAs) since 2017 where 58 new FC wings were set up.

He said about 84 percent fencing of the Pak-Afghan border and over 45 percent of the Pak-Iran border had been completed. Some 497 border forts, check posts and terminals were also set up along the western border to ensure effective border management and security.

He said over 72 kilometer area in the tribal districts was cleansed from the mines planted by the terrorists during the demining process under the Operation-Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was meticulously and minutely carried out. Many security personnel were martyred and 119 got injured.

Now they were heading towards the Operation’s remaining principles of build and transfer whereas the number of security posts in the tribal districts had reduced to 250 from 450, which were established for the security of locals, he added.

He said the security forces had trained 37,428 police officials and 4,000 more were under training who would be deputed in the tribal districts. Normal policing would help further improve the security situation there, he added.

As regards the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), the ISPR DG said during the Operation, a large number of tribal people had displaced and 96 percent of them had been safely repatriated.

Military courts, he said, were also established across the country under the Operation and some 717 cases were referred to them.

“About 344 terrorists have been sentenced to capital punishment, 106 life imprisonment, 196 different punishments, and five acquitted in these cases.”

The ISPR DG said,”The Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has improved economic and security situation across the country. The terrorist organizations’ assets were frozen, and extortion, target killings and other extreme terrorist activities have been controlled.”

Since the start of Operation, over 1,200 separatist nationalists had surrendered and entered the national mainstream, who were neutralized after a proper mechanism to rejoin the social fabric in a reputable manner.