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Pakistan targets ISIL in operation along Afghan border

17 July 2017

Speaking on the Line of Control violations being carried out by India, he said that the South Asian country targets civilian population.

On June 4, Pakistan security forces had claimed killing over a dozen suspected ISIL fighters during a security operation in southwestern Balochistan province that was aimed at recovering a Chinese couple kidnapped by the terror group in May last.

Islamic State has had more success in neighbouring Afghanistan, where it controls small chunks of land, but has also faced tough resistance from the US-backed government in Kabul and local Afghan Taliban militants.

Over 7,000 IBOs have been conducted, and 22 terrorists killed in these operations, the DG ISPR said. "Daesh as an organization does not exist, but if splinter groups of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and other terror groups try to jump on the Daesh bandwagon, we are already taking care of them through other means, like in the Khyber-4 operation", he said.

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.

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When asked to comment on a "social media campaign against state institutions", he said "every person has freedom of expression, but any patriot Pakistani can not be part of any negative campaign against the army".

"We will be able to check cross-border movement of terrorists, and our coordination with Afghanistan in this regard is ongoing", he said, as is the fencing of the border which is in its first phase. He said on average there will be a fort or check post after every 1.5 kilometres.

The ISPR chief lamented that the Indian army has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas whereas the Pakistan Army can not do that to Kashmiris across the LoC. He said Pakistan believes in an open door policy with Afghanistan.

There have been 27 major operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 817 IBOs, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

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.

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Giving details about the performance of the Military Courts, he said total 274 terrorists were tried and of them 161 were awarded death penalty.

Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".

Asif Ghafoor stated that military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal.

"Under Operation RuF, we will strengthen our border".

About Ehsan Ullah Ehsan a leader of TTP, he apprised a questioner that he would be tried in the court of law according the state laws.

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On the book by Raymond Davis, he told a questioner that there was a need to see that Raymond had been claimant of Diplomatic Immunity before leaving Pakistan but he wrote a book as a private contractor.

Pakistan targets ISIL in operation along Afghan border