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ISLAMABAD, Sep 1 (APP): Director General Inter Services Public Relations Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said Pakistan Armed Forces had foiled the efforts of `Daesh’ to make inroads into the country, however presence of Daesh in Afghanistan a worrying factor for Pakistan.

Briefing reporters here on Thursday about operation Zarb-e-
Azb, the Director General said while busting Daesh network, a total of 309 terrorists including its country commander Hafiz Umer had been apprehended out of which six themselves contacted security forces saying they did not
want to become member of Daesh.

Daesh wanted to attack foreign office, diplomatic enclave,
Islamabad Airport, prominent political and media personalities, media houses and officers of Armed Forces and Jawans, he disclosed.

Talking about terrorist activities he said, “A considerable decrease has been witnessed in terror related incidents after commencement of operation Zarb-e-Azb in 2014.”

A total of 3500 terrorists were killed during the operation,
he said adding that 537 Jawans of Pak Army embraced Sahadat and 2,272 sustained injuries. The country has suffered huge financial losses of about US $ 106 billion since 2001 due to terrorism.

He said that 30 Jawans of Rangers embraced martyrdom in
Karachi operation. Before operation, closure of entire Karachi city was just away from a single phone call.

Responding to a question, the people chanting anti Pakistan
were not acceptable for the people of the country, he said.

The international community should understand the situation
and recognise sacrifices of Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism.

The world should also understand the challenges of guarding 2600 kilometers porous border with Pakistan and hosting more than three million Afghan refugees in the country.

Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the security situation was worst in 2014 when the operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched. There was a deadly attack on Kamra Airbase in 2012. Karachi Airport was also attacked.

A total 311 incidents of mine blasts took place in year 2014 besides 34 major incidents of terrorism and 26 suicide blasts.

“Armed Forces are demonstrating zero tolerance against
terrorism”, the Director General ISPR said.

The areas of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) was literally a no go area due presence of a strong network of terrorists there, he said.

Armed Forces took into confidence all stakeholders
including Afghan government before starting the operation.

The main aim of informing Afghan government was to control the penetration of terrorists in border areas of Afghanistan. But, unfortunately, Afghan government did not cooperate, he mentioned.

He further said, Armed Forces also destroyed 992 hideouts
of terrorists and removed 7,599 explosive mines in Khyber Agency.

The forces seized 35,310 rockets and 253 tons explosive material which was enough for carrying bomb blasts for 21 years, having the capacity to target about 134,000 persons.

After clearing the troubled areas, Armed Forces started
rehabilitation work, he said adding, the government was planning to secure 2,600 kilometers porous Pak-Afghan border. The government decided to establish 18 crossing points and constructing gates at the border and only those have proper legal documents would be allowed to move either side of the border.

Talking about rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons
(IDPs) of cleared areas, he said a total of 66 percent IDPs had returned to their native towns and remaining 34,000 IDPs would go  back to there areas by the end of this year, he informed.

The infrastructure of the cleared areas was also being
rehabilitated rapidly, he said adding that 705 kilometers road
network from North to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) have already been completed. A 75 km long highway from Landi Kotal to Torkhum has already been completed, he added.

A total of 137 water supply projects were initiated and out of which 131 have been completed while work is in progress on remaining six projects, he informed media persons.

Nine health related projects were devised including a Tehsil
Headquarters hospital in Mir Ali, out of which seven projects have been completed so far. A total 32 projects in the field of education for female, construction of mosques and markets were planned for cleared areas of FATA and out of which 27 have already been completed. A cadet college and girls degree college were also constructed in Ladha, the Director General said.

Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa said Armed forces had started Information Based Operations (IBOs) to tackle the reaction of operation Zarb-e-Azb. As many as 21,383 IOBs have so far been carried out in various areas of the country including 2,578 conducted in Balochistan, 9,308 in Punjab, 3,263 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 5,877 in Sindh.

He said 477 special IOBs were also carried out in various
areas while a total of 1,399 terrorists were netted during IBOs.

The DG ISPR further said that Armed Forces had apprehended 744 terrorists in 168 combing operations conducted across the country.

Responding to a question he said `Daesh’ was involved in
attacking media houses especially attacking `Dunya News’ in which two persons were injured. Three persons also received injuries in an attack on `Din News’, Lahore while Express News, Sargodha was also attacked and three media persons suffered injuries in attack on `ARY news’.

`Daesh’ tried to enter into Pakistan in two parts namely
`Katiba Haris’ and `Kariba Mubashir’. Commander of Pakistan Hafiz Umer was involved in killing 15 personnel of law enforcement agencies. Ali Rehman Tonna was involved in criminal activities and also targeting 10 personnel of law enforcers.

Responding to another question, he said significant decrease
in violent incidents has been registered in Karachi after Rangers operation.

Giving details he said that a total 74 per cent decrease in terror activities, 94 per cent decrease in target killing and 89 per cent decrease in kidnapping for ransom incidents was recorded.

At least 30 Jawans of Rangers embraced martyrdom and 89 others sustained injuries. As many as 848 target killers have been sent behind the bars in Karachi operation while 268 hideouts of terrorists were busted.

To a question, he lamented burning of national flag in
Afghanistan, however `Chaman’ gate has been reopened after receiving apology from Afghanistan.

Responding to a query about implementation on National
Action Plan (NAP), he expressed the hope that the implementation process would be accelerated.

He said that Pakistan was taking strict action against
terrorists with out classifying them as ‘good or bad’.

Pakistan has solid evidence of involvement of ‘Raw’, Indian Intelligence Agncy and ‘NDS’, an Afghan Intelligence Agency in internal affairs of the country.

To another query, he said six terrorists including two
terrorists affiliated with Al-Qaeda, have been arrested in a combing operation conducted in Faisalabad on Thursday morning, he told.