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‘No one will be allowed to use Pakistan’s soil for terrorism’: Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Wednesday that Pakistan Army will not allow any terrorist elements to use Pakistan’s soil for terrorism.

He was briefing media persons on completion of two years of Zarb-e-Azb operation.

Bajwa claimed that army has been succeeded in clearing tribal areas of Pakistan including North Waziristan, South Waziristan and FATA from terrorists.

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DG ISPR said that an area of 2400 square kilometer has been cleared and more than 900 terrorists have been eliminated in the Khyber Agency.

He said that army has cleared all remaining areas in the North Waziristan, including Shawal valley, dismantling terrorist’s infrastructure.

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“At least 3600 sq kilometer area has been cleared,” he said. “Terrorist networks over all 992 hideouts and safe houses of the terrorists have been destroyed ‘permanently’.”

Bajwa said that as many as 7500 ammunition factories were destroyed during the operation, and 35000 rockets and mortars were also recovered.

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Referring to the Afghan refugees, Bajwa said that Pakistan has kept Afghan refugees for 35 years.

“Pakistan hosted thousands of Afghan refugees for 35 years. Now they have to go back,” said Bajwa adding that Pakistan Army will not allow anybody to plan terrorist activities at its soil.



M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.