RAWALPINDI: Underlining one of the major gains of an ongoing anti-terror operation in the country, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor says Ehsanullah Ehsan, former spokesperson Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a senior Jamaat-ul-Ahraar leader, has surrendered to the security forces.
The DG ISPR said armed forces launched the operation Radd-ul-Fasaad with a sole aim of wiping out terrorism and militancy and maintains that the crackdown on militants is going on in full swing.
Speaking at a press conference here, he said no force could challenge the state if it had a will to eliminate terrorism.
He said certain forces now also realize that they were treading a wrong path after witnessing writ of the state in the country. The success of operation Radd-ul-Fasaad was directly linked to restoration of the writ of the state, he added.
‘Gains in anti-terror operation’
He recalled that the Operation Raddul Fasaad was launched on February 22, and so far 15 grand operations were launched against the militants in different parts of the country in which 4510 suspects were apprehended.
He underlined that 1859 illegal afghan immigrants were also arrested under the operation.
Giving breakdown figure of operations across the country, the DG ISPR said four big operations were conducted in Balochistan and eight in Khyber Pakhtonkhwa.
Gen Ghafoor said two major operations were also launched in Punjab in which several major terrorists were held.
He said nature of operation in Karachi was different and dispelled the impression that operation had been slowed down in the provincial capital of Sindh. He said 4,083 illegal weapons were seized during countrywide operations.
‘ISIS targeting youth’
He said the target of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), global terror outfit also known as Islamic State and Daesh, is youth and they were using the technology to reach their targets.
He urged the parents and education institutions to keep check on children and make sure misuse of technology be averted at all levels.
To a question regarding Dawn leaks, the DG ISPR said he hoped that interior minister will issue a statement on the matter in couple of days.
DG ISPR shows video of IS-trained Noreen Laghari
A video statement of Jamshoro university student Noreen Laghari, who had gone missing from Sindh and was later arrested during security forces raid in Lahore, was also screened during the press briefing, in which the young lady confessed to have been trained as suicide bomber by the militants.
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