RAWALPINDI: Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said that significant achievements have been made in all the domains of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to ensure durable peace across the country.
Addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi on Monday afternoon on completion of four years of Radd-ul-Fasaad, he said the operation was launched to restore people s confidence in the state and make terrorists completely ineffective.
The DG ISPR said the security forces carried out the operation under two-pronged strategy of counter-terrorism and counter-violence with the support of people, which has produced positive results in various areas.
Major General Babar Iftikhar revealed the details of the operation and its dividend. He said that since the start of the operation in 2017, a total of 375,000 intelligence-based operations have been conducted nationwide. .
ISPR Director General said that 353 terrorists were killed and hundreds were arrested during the operation.
He said that in the past four years, most of the more than 5,000 threat alerts have been eliminated. He said that more than 72,000 illegal weapons and 5 million ammunition have been recovered. He said that 497 border posts have been established. He said that demining activities are also taking place in tribal areas.
With the enhancement of the capacity of law enforcement agencies, Major General Babar Itikha said that 58 new departments have been added to the function library, and 15 new departments will be established. He said the police and Levis personnel also received training.
He said that 96% of temporarily displaced persons have returned to their homes.
ISPR Director General said that several steps have been taken in accordance with the National Action Plan, including the establishment of military courts. He said that 717 cases have been submitted to military courts. He said that in these cases, 344 terrorists have been sentenced to death, of which 58 have been executed. He said 106 other terrorists were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Major General Babar Itikkar said that more than 1,200 subnationalists have laid down their weapons on the security forces. He said that the spread of hate speech has also been controlled.
He said that the Pejim-Pakistan initiative has greatly helped control extremism in the country, and religious scholars have played an important role in this regard. He said that under non-radicalism, more than 5,000 people have reintegrated into society.
The DG ISPR Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has contributed a lot to improve law and order situation in Karachi as well. He said the city s position on Crime Index has dropped from sixth in 2014 to 106 today. He said socio-economic dividends of the operation have been witnessed in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said 831 development projects worth over 31 billion rupees are being carried out there. He said several development projects are also being implemented in Balochistan. He said sports activities have also been restored across the country.
The DG ISPR said 23rd March will be celebrated with zeal and zest. He said national parade will be organized on the day to disseminate the message of “one nation, one destination (Aik quom aik Manzil) “.
To a question, he said country s peace is directly linked with peace in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan wishes to see peace beyond borders especially in Afghanistan. He said we will continue our support in this regard.
The DG ISPR said our enemy is engaged in a massive campaign of fifth-generation warfare to obstruct Pakistan s road to prosperity. Expressing satisfaction over governmental measure to deal with new hybrid warfare, he called for national unity and cohesion in defeating enemy s designs in this regard.