2016-09-01

Sindh to launch targeted operation; Zarb-e-Azb kills 900 terrorists

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- To implement the National Action Plan (NAP) in full, the Sindh provincial government recently decided to carry out a targeted operation, while Operation Zarb-e-Azb has killed about 900 terrorists since 2014, officials said.

The Pakistani government implemented the counter-terrorism NAP in December 2014, while the army began Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan in June 2014. Both operations continue today.

The high-level Sindh Province committee meeting took place in Karachi August 31. Participants decided to repatriate illegal immigrants and to register rental-housing tenants in Sindh, Dawn reported.

The apex committee also decided to compel NGOs to obtain no-objection certificates from district governments before those NGOs may collect sacrificial animals' hides on Eid.

Pakistani troops have killed about 900 terrorists in operations Khyber 1 and Khyber 2, which were part of Zarb-e-Azb, army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said September 1, according to media.

During Zarb-e-Azb, troops have conducted 168 combing operations, he said, adding that about 30 Rangers were killed in clearing the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, according to Geo News.

The army thwarted the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) from gaining a foothold in Pakistan, Bajwa said.

Troops who cleared most of North Waziristan and Khyber agencies of militants are now sealing the Afghan border to block cross-border terrorist movements, Bajwa added.

Troops conducting a combing operation in Faisalabad and surrounding areas August 31-September 1 apprehended at least six suspected terrorists, the army said, according to Dunya News.

The suspects include suicide bomber trainers and terrorist recruiters, the army added.

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