Pak Army launches Operation Khyber-IV in Rajgal Valley

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When asked to comment on the revelations made in Raymond Davis book, the DG ISPR said not only ISI there were many state institutions dealing with the matter. In Sindh, 522 terrorists voluntarily surrendered while fifteen killed.

"It is the duty of every Pakistani to ensure the supremacy of the law and Constitution", he said in answer to another question.

"As Rajgal valley is located in rugged mountains, the operation will be hard, but we are confident that the security forces will succeed to clear the area", the military spokesman said.

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

He said Pakistan forces had been exercising restraint but whenever reacted it was in retaliation to the unprovoked firing whereby directly engaging the Indian posts from where the fire was being originated.

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.

Pakistani forces launched the operation a day after the USA defense department Pentagon said that the US forces killed the Daesh regional leader Abu Sayed in a recent airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province.

Current ceasefire violations have resulted in the highest number of civilian casualties than in the past, the DG ISPR said.

Incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have shown a drop over the three-year period from 2014-2017, he said.

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Pakistan's military began building a fence along the 2,611-kilometre border with Afghanistan in May as part of its security programme.

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.

As far as the situation within Afghanistan was concerned, he said that it was a well known fact that the security forces of brotherly and friendly nation were unable to tackle their internal situations. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said their case in the military court will be fast-tracked.

"Issues prevalent in the city were among the major highlights", the DG said. Out of the total, 53 executions had been carried out while 40 of them were undertaken during the on-going operation RUF.

When his attention was drawn towards the Bill adopted by the US Lower House, he said this Bill had to take a long path for final adoption.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, in response to queries about speculation regarding the army's involvement in the Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family's wealth in the Panamagate case, said there is "no direct army involvement".

A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, he informed, saying that they hope to unilaterally secure the global border, eliminate hideouts and complete the state's complete physical hold on Khyber Agency in the operation.

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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