Operation in N. Pakistan kills 490 soldiers in 2 years

ISLAMABAD, June 15 (KUNA) — Around 490 soldiers and over 3,500 militants were killed in the military operation “Zarb e Azb” in Pakistanآ’s northern tribal region bordering Afghanistan in last two years, said militaryآ’s spokesperson Lt. General Asim Bajwa on Wednesday.
Marking the second anniversary of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Director-General of Pakistan militaryآ’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Bajwa said that Government writ has been established in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Swat and operation would continue in some pockets to eliminate terrorists.
He further said it is because of restoration of law and order that 61 percent of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes in FATA.
He confirmed that 3,500 terrorists have been killed and 490 soldiers “embraced martyrdom” during operations in different parts of the country. More than 19,000 intelligence based operations were carried out all over the country which led to dismantling of terrorist networks and destruction of their hideouts, he added.
The military spokesperson said that the operation has been carried out without any discrimination and intelligence-based and combing operations would continue throughout the country.
“A border management mechanism is being developed under which FC and Para-Military forces would be raised to strengthen crossing points,” said Bajwa.
He said there are eight established crossing points on Pak-Afghan border besides numerous informal points, adding that construction of gates and fencing is part of the border management to ensure that no one enters the country without proper documents. (end) sbk.rk