RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Wednesday launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad', which would include broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
According to the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the operation aims include the elimination of the residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and ensuring the security of Pakistan’s borders.
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— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 22, 2017
The Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil Armed Forces as well as other security and law enforcement agencies will continue to actively participate and support the efforts of the Pakistan Army to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
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Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will entail conduct of broad spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management.
The operation will also include a countrywide deweponisation and explosive control as additional cardinals of the effort.
The hallmark of this operation will be pursuance of the National Action Plan.
The decision comes after Gen Bajwa held a high-level security session in Lahore.
The security session was attended by all Corps Commanders in Punjab province, DG PR Punjab, and intelligence officials.
‘Operation was need of the hour’
Defence analyst Talat Masood while talking to Geo News said that an all-encompassing operation was the need of the hour.
He said that Punjab had never seen any operation and action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other such elements was important so that they can’t escape from one province to another.
Masood added that border management should be enhanced to stop terrorists from Afghanistan infiltrate into Pakistan, adding that civil-military leadership was on the same page on the issue.
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He further said that Afghanistan should eliminate terrorist safe havens because this can create political tensions between the two countries.
‘Terrorists’ infiltration needs to be stopped’
Lieutenant General (Retd) Naeem Lodhi said that it is a good decision by the military to start this operation.
“It would be successful in containing threats arriving from internal factors.”
He added that there are certain external elements too which need to be dealt with. Lodhi further said there is a need to stop their infiltration into the country.