Pakistan Today (Lahore)

SIG­NIF­I­CANT ACHIEVE­MENTS MADE IN ALL DO­MAINS OF OP­ER­A­TION RAD­DUL FASAAD: ISPR DG

MAJ GEN IFTIKHAR SAYS MIL­I­TARY OP­ER­A­TION WAS LAUNCHED WITH A TWO-PRONGED STRAT­EGY IN­VOLV­ING THE COUN­TERT­ER­ROR­ISM AND COUNTER-EX­TREM­ISM DO­MAIN

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in­Ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic re­la­tions (ISPr) Direc­tor-gen­eral (Dg) Ma­jor gen­eral babar Iftikhar on Mon­day ex­plained the im­por­tance of Op­er­a­tion rad­dul fasaad, wherein the civil law en­force­ment agen­cies and so­ci­ety as a whole have a piv­otal role to play in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the gen­eral head­quar­ters in rawalpindi, the ISPr Dg shared the de­tails about the div­i­dends earned through the op­er­a­tion that was launched on fe­bru­ary 22, 2017, by the army un­der chief of army Staff (cOaS) gen­eral Qa­mar Javed ba­jwa.

he said that the strate­gic in­tent of Op­er­a­tion rad­dul fasaad was to en­sure a peace­ful and stable Pak­istan. Maj gen Iftikhar said that the armed forces and the masses have been suc­cess­fully fac­ing na­tional se­cu­rity chal­lenges and will con­tinue to tackle them as a na­tion in the days to come.

he main­tained that “ev­ery Pak­istani is a se­poy of rad­dul fasaad”. he fur­ther ex­plained: “while armed forces fight ter­ror­ists, ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism can only be de­feated by the civil law en­force­ment agen­cies and so­ci­ety as a whole.”

Ma­jor gen­eral babar Iftikhar said that a to­tal of 375,000 in­tel­li­gence-based oper­a­tions were car­ried out across the coun­try since the start of the op­er­a­tion in 2017. he said the state writ was re­stored over 7500 square kilo­me­tres through this op­er­a­tion.

“Op­er­a­tion rad­dul fasaad was launched with a two-pronged strat­egy in­volv­ing the counter-ter­ror­ism and coun­terex­trem­ism do­main,” he added, wherein one prong fo­cused on counter-ter­ror­ism and the other fo­cused on vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism. The ISPr Dg said that 353 ter­ror­ists were killed and hun­dreds of oth­ers were ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

he stressed that most of the over 5,000 threat alerts were neu­tral­ized be­fore their ma­te­ri­al­iza­tion dur­ing the last four years. he said that over 72,000 il­le­gal weapons and five mil­lion am­mu­ni­tion were re­cov­ered. he added that 497 bor­der posts were set up. he fur­ther said that dem­i­ning was also car­ried out in tribal districts.

un­der ca­pac­ity en­hance­ment of law en­force­ment agen­cies, Ma­jor gen­eral babar Iftikhar said 58 new wings of fc were raised and 15 oth­ers will be es­tab­lished. he said that po­lice and levies per­son­nel were also trained.

The ISPr Dg said that 96 per cent of tem­po­rar­ily dis­placed per­sons have re­turned to their homes.

he said that sev­eral steps were taken un­der the na­tional ac­tion Plan, in­clud­ing the set­ting up of mil­i­tary courts. he also said that 717 cases were re­ferred to the mil­i­tary courts. he said 344 ter­ror­ists were awarded death sen­tence in these cases, and 58 of them were im­ple­mented. he said 106 other ter­ror­ists were given life im­pris­on­ment.

Ma­jor gen­eral babar Iftikkar said that over 1,200 sub-na­tion­al­ists have laid down their arms be­fore se­cu­rity forces. he said that the spread of hate-speech was also con­trolled con­sid­er­ably. he also said that the ini­tia­tive of Paigham-e-Pak­istan has con­sid­er­ably helped con­trol ex­trem­ism in the coun­try, and the re­li­gious schol­ars have played an im­por­tant role in this re­gard. he fur­ther said that un­der de-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, over 5,000 peo­ple have been rein­te­grated into so­ci­ety. Op­er­a­tion rad­dul fasaad has con­trib­uted a lot to im­prove the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in karachi as well, he main­tained.

The mil­i­tary’s spokesper­son said that the city’s po­si­tion on Crime In­dex has dropped from sixth in 2014 to 106 to­day. He said that so­cio-eco­nomic div­i­dends of the op­er­a­tion have been wit­nessed in the tribal districts of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhw­a (KP). “In these four years, more than 5,000 threat alerts were is­sued and the ma­jor­ity of them were neu­tralised be­fore they ma­te­ri­alised. Dur­ing Rad­dul Fasaad, the Khy­ber-IV op­er­a­tion was also car­ried out, which was aimed at clear­ing the Ra­j­gal val­ley and mak­ing the Afghan bor­der safe,” he stressed on the oc­ca­sion. He said that 831 de­vel­op­ment projects worth over Rs31 bil­lion are be­ing car­ried out there. He said sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects are also be­ing im­ple­mented in Balochis­tan. He added sports ac­tiv­i­ties have also been re­stored across the coun­try. The ISPR DG said that 23rd March will be cel­e­brated with zeal and zest. He said that a na­tional pa­rade will be or­ga­nized on the day to dis­sem­i­nate the mes­sage of “one na­tion, one des­ti­na­tion”.

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LA­HORE: PSO CEO and Manag­ing Direc­tor Syed Muham­mad Taha presents a cheque spon­sor­ing the higher ed­u­ca­tion of five stu­dents to Karachi IBA Corporate Re­la­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor Alumni Mala­hat Awan. The agree­ment was signed by PSO CSR Trust Chairperso­n Babar H. Chaudhry and IBA Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Dr Syed Ak­bar Zaidi.

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