Forces in full control of Pak-Afghan border: Bajwa

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Presents facilitators of recent Mardan blast

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa on Tuesday declared in categorical tone the Pakistan Army was fully prepared to respond to any aggression and was closely monitoring the situation on the borders with India.
Briefing the media on steps taken for border management by the armed forces and operations and security review meeting which was headed by Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, the DG ISPR said though Pakistan has always acted responsibly but it was well aware of the negative designs of the enemies and if any forces resorted to aggression, will be responded effectively.
“We are closely monitoring the developments on the eastern border and we are fully prepared to respond”. General Asim Bajwa said while referring to Indian threats.
He declared that Pakistani security forces have cleared almost all the terrorists dens in the tribal belt including the Rajgal mountains in North Waziristan agency and that Pakistan military was in complete control of the Pak-Afghan border in the region.
The DG ISPR, who said that a special operational meeting was held following Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif’s return from German, lamented it was highly regrettable that Pakistan is blamed for attacks in other countries without any evidence and solid base and that charges leveled by India over the Uri attack were upsetting and Pakistan had never accused anyone without concrete evidence. He said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has raised the issue of terrorism in Germany also. “We have always talked responsibly. Infact we never pointed finger at others until we found concrete evidence”. The Military spokesman maintained.
Referring to the Afghanistan and tension in the Pakistani Tribal belt, Asim Bajwa said border management would be most effective when Pakistani efforts are matched by the Afghan side adding work has been completed on 20 posts set up for border management, He said posts were being setup along the border in Rajgal and the Pakistan Army was present in the valley.
Asim Bajwa said 1,470 combing operations have been carried out in KPK and FATA and these Combing operations, have improved security situation in the country;
“We have our soldiers deployed and border has been sealed. This action will restrict the border movement from both sides. Almost 20 % posts have been completed and both Pak Army and FC have completely occupied those Posts. The construction of posts in Rajgal is underway. We can assure that after the construction of these posts, there shall be substantial decrease in cross border movement. Also the process of FC raising Wing is underway”. Military spokesman said.
Referring to the terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Gen Bajwa said in the Mardan court suicide attack where 12 people were martyred earlier this month, the bomber was brought from Afghanistan through the Torkham border. He produced facilitators in the Mardan blast before the media and said the noose was tightening around the accomplices involved in the attack. He said some women had also been arrested for facilitating in the attack and would be tried according to the law.
“Likewise the attack in Christian colony in Warsak was been planned in Afghanistan”. Gen Bajwa said adding the information was being shared with the Afghan government, army and intelligence agencies. He said gang of militants involved in Christian Colony attack has been busted and all the facilitators involved in the terror incident have been apprehended.
All the four facilitators involved in the Christian Colony attack have been nabbed adding the attack was planned in the Afghanistan and the arrested facilitators helped the perpetrators to reach their final destination, the Christian Colony. One co-accomplice of the attackers was hiding somewhere in Afghanistan”. The DG ISPR said.
The DG ISPR called upon the people of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Peshawarites to remain extra ordinarily vigilant and have close eye on any suspected movement in their areas so that the terrorists could not succeed in their nefarious designs.

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