Pakistan Army launches operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Vallley: ISPR

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There has been a significant decrease in the crime rate in Karachi, with a 98 percent overall decrease in the incidents of terrorism, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor told journalists on Sunday evening.

He said Pakistan has also chose to fence its entire border with Afghanistan and first phase of fencing is underway.

He said Pakistan's security forces had always been carrying out anti-terrorists operations exclusively on the country's land and no foreign boots were ever allowed to take part in such military campaigns.

Referring to the fencing of global border along Afghanistan, he said work on the most sensitive portion had already been started and first phase of it would be completed in the due course.

He said DA'ISH has increased its influence on the Afghan side and objective behind the operation is to check their cross border intrusion to carryout terrorist activities on our side of the border.

Border fencing: To a question about fencing of Afghan border, the ISPR chief said it will help Pakistan check the movement of suspected terrorists across the border.

Major Gen. Ghafoor said the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) has been "especially tense" and there has been 580 ceasefire violations this year alone.

Making a statement on situation in Afghanistan, Asif Ghafoor said Afghan forces are losing its hold over the areas under its control.

When questioned about the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the DG ISPR said that the Research and Analysis Wing agent's mercy appeal is pending before the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.

Speaking on the Raymond Davis issue, he said that Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was not the only institution involved in the matter. He added that the Pakistan Air Force is also involved in the operation.

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The district is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA). "It is a subjudice case, and it will go to court". He added that Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence (MI) officials did their work with honesty.

He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces.

"The things are improving and we hope that these will further improve in the days to come", he said.

"As many as 56 major operations including the Mastung operation and over 9,000 intelligence based operations were launched while over 1,500 joint check-posts were established across Pakistan", he said.

It will be physically and technically monitored, with either forts or a checkpost every 1.5 kilometres, he said. "We try to keep civilian casualties to a minimum", he added.

Earlier, paramilitary Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Mohammed Saeed said that Karachi has reclaimed it status as the city of lights, which is flourishing and the citizens are no longer afraid for their lives.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27 major operations and 817 IBOs were carried out.

To a question, the ISPR chief said there is no timeline for the operation as yet.

He termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as "very critical for the progress of Pakistan" and said the armed forces would give complete security and will not let it fail at any cost. "We are building peace in our country brick by brick and moving from relative stability towards enduring peace. For this, army shall continue to perform its role in and with support of all other state institutions".