DG Khan operation
Dera Ghazi Khan
At least ten terrorists were killed and three Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) officers embraced martyrdom in a joint operation in Dera Ghazi Khan Friday.
According to Inter Services Public Relations, Punjab Rangers, Intelligence Agencies and Counter Terrorism Department conducted a raid in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zerin against militants.
During an exchange of firing, security forces killed ten terrorists including Muhammad Asghar Dadwani alias Ustad Gorchani and Muhammad Naeem aka Waqas Dadwani. Three Rangers officers identified as Havaldar Asif, Sepoy Aftab and Sepoy Azizullah also lost their lives and two others sustained severe wounds who were shifted to Combined Military Hospital in Multan by army helicopter.
The suspected militants and their facilitators were holed up in a hideout in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zareen, 15 kilometres south of DG Khan when the raid was launched.
The intelligence sources confided that Asghar Dadwani was associated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Iqbal Bali group, which was involved in various subversive activities including DI Khan suicide bombing.
“The operation is still continuing to flush the area of terrorists who were involved in heinous crimes, ransom and terrorist activities,” the military’s media wing said.
The raid is a part of ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, which the army launched in February following a spate of terror attacks in the country, which claimed more than a hundred lives and left hundreds others injured.
Meanwhile, the Namaz-e-Janaza of three soldiers of Pakistan Rangers who embraced martyrdom during Operation in DG Khan, was offered at Multan Garrison on Friday.
Lieutenant General Sarfraz Sattar, Corps Commander Multan, DG Rangers Punjab Major General Azhar Naveed Hayat, serving and retired military officials attended the funeral prayers of Shuhada, says a release issued by ISPR Multan. Bodies of martyred soldiers will be taken to their hometowns for burial with full military honours.