Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Sunday announced the launch of Operation Khyber-4 under Radd-ul-Fasaad (RuF) to “wipe out terrorists” in the Rajgal Valley area of Khyber Agency.
“An operation to wipe out terrorists has been launched in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said.
Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called “the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)”.
There is no timeline for the operation as yet, Ghafoor said in response to a question.
The army had informed Afghan forces ahead of the launch of the Khyber-4 operation in Rajgal, he said, which the Afghan army would be able to support on their side of the border if they wished.
“No other force will have boots on the ground in our country. All operations are conducted by Pakistani security forces,” he asserted.
The army’s spokesman observed that reports of a joint border operation with Afghan forces had surfaced during a visit made by a top-level United States Congressional delegation.
Clarifying the reports, Ghafoor said, “The true meaning of this [joint operation] is when both forces conduct operations at the same time.