Updates on Operation Raddul Fasaad were a major focus of the Army’s Monday briefing.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the Frontier Corps, Balochistan had conducted an intelligence-based operation on April 15, during which prepared explosives were recovered.
In Fata on April 16, two major operations were conducted during which a large cache of weapons was recovered from the Kurram and Orakzai agencies.
“In Sindh, operations are underway. Operations being conducted in Karachi are slightly different. Year after year, target killings and crime rate in Karachi have been decreasing,” he said.
“Another aspect of Raddul Fasaad was to bring stability to the western border,” Ghafoor said. “A small area in Fata – Rajgaal, Khyber Agency and Shawal is yet to be cleared. An operation will be carried out when the weather improves, he added.
The Army’s spokesman also said that the Army, along with the FC, has started to build checkposts and new forts along the border.
“338 check posts and forts will be built along the Pak-Afghan border by 2019. 42 have already been made, whereas work is on-going on another 63,” he said.
“We are fencing the Pak-Afghan border in KP, and we will also fence the border in Balochistan,” he said.
“Border management with Afghanistan is the most important issue,” Ghafoor later said.
“Pakistan is a sovereign state: we are putting the fence up within the limits of Pakistan and we are free to do so. And even though some elements are criticising the move, serious stakeholders in Afghanistan understand that the border is going to help Afghanistan as much as it is going to help us,” he added.
The spokesman also detailed the social measures being undertaken to eliminate extremism from the country. He spoke of measures taken to make education and the armed forces more inclusive for people from Balochistan, Fata and Gilgit Baltistan.