3,400 militants killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb: ISPR

Published: December 12, 2015


Eighteen months into Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched against militants, the military’s media wing claimed 3,400 militants have been killed so far.

“3,400 terrorists killed, 837 hideouts from where they were carrying out their terrorist activities destroyed,” DG ISPR Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said.

“During last 18 months, over 13,200 IBOs carried out across the country in which 183 hardcore terrorists killed and 21,193 arrested,” he added.

Further, he said, “Success came at a heavy price as 488 valiant officers and men of Pakistan Army, FC K-P and Bolan and Sindh Rangers sacrificed their lives while another 1,914 were injured.”

“Phenomenal successes [have been] achieved [during the operation] as last pockets to Pakistan Afghan border are being cleared,” Bajwa said. The sleeper cells have been largely disrupted while operation continues to burst the remaining, he added.

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“Support of the entire nation four its valiant armed forces and resolve expressed against terrorism post December 16 Army Public School attack had been the bedrock of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.”

Bajwa said that an overall improvement in security and law and order situation owing to the operation resulted in festivities, national events being celebrated and stability being achieved.

Pakistan Army launched a military offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, against militants in June last year.

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  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Dec 12, 2015 - 4:43PM

    The honourable general should study vietnam war. Body counts amount to nothing. There should be peace revolution which comes only with engaging people living in the area. How much reconstuction work has be done in the areas being cleared of the militants? How many people have gone back to their bombed homes. Why is not media allowed unfetterd access to the area. One does not for a moment doubt the bravery of the soldiers but we need a tangible proof of success. Peace is only going to come across the table negotiating with elders in the area and not the end of barrel of the gun. When is the PM going to move in and say mission accomplished! The Gen. is very optimistic. I prey to God that he is right. Recommend

  • John B
    Dec 12, 2015 - 6:20PM

    This is a heavy number indeed. The entire toll on terrorism related incidence must be well over 10,000.

    just goes to show that the problem must be tackled at the earliest signs of trouble. Recommend

  • Rana Ajeet
    Dec 12, 2015 - 7:06PM

    brutal killing of freedom fighters.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 12, 2015 - 7:20PM

    A made up number. How it could be exactly 3400.Recommend

  • zeeshan
    Dec 12, 2015 - 7:35PM

    destroying houses and firing building just for photo session? for those who knows about the psychology of the conflict know very well that government destroyed whole waziristan infrastructure on purpose, to subdue the local and to make them weak so then can’t retaliate. but those who knows the history of tribal pashtun knows very well that there is simply no winning when it comes to waziristan or tira.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Dec 12, 2015 - 8:38PM

    Collateral Damage is missing. Number is too small compared to expected no. of Militants to be around 50000. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 12, 2015 - 8:41PM

    The enemy should be eliminated completely without any mercy. They keep on coming because those who are not killed produce at a much faster rate.Recommend

  • Human
    Dec 12, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Rana Ajeet
    Freedom fighters are those Kashmiris who your ‘valiant’ Indian army has killed and tortured for decades.
    Those which our army is killing are Indian trained proxies- merciless butchers who kill children.
    Bad news for you trolls: we are winning this one!Recommend

  • Wajahat
    Dec 12, 2015 - 8:57PM

    @Dr.M.M. Khan:

    Sir, don’t you know how much we have waited to bring them on the discussion table time and again. In the same time these indian sponsored terrorists killed more than 50,000 of our civilians. Enough is enough!Recommend

  • Dr. M.M.Khan
    Dec 12, 2015 - 10:06PM

    @Wajahat: Dear wajahat. I agree with your last three words. Sometimes one throws down a gauntlet in a winning position instead of enforcing a treaty of Versailles. In a war( if i can call it a war) which goes on so long the fatigue factor sets in. The Gen. is media savy and is acting upbeat but we need verification. As far as your contention about India is concerned i cannot comment but our enemies will only exploit our situation if we are perceived to be weak. Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Dec 12, 2015 - 10:36PM

    Pakistan Zindabad. Good job Army. Where are the graves of those killed?Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 12, 2015 - 10:38PM

    High claims, I hope you have evidence to back what you are saying. Has Pakistan caught a Indian Kasab yet?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Dec 13, 2015 - 3:28AM

    I have no evidence to defy ISPR. but ISPR should give a wake up call to Khawaja Asif, a Nawaz government minister who wants protection from Talibans to safe guard TAPIRecommend

  • cautious
    Dec 13, 2015 - 4:43AM

    Guess well have to take your word on it since you won’t allow reporters to cover the progress of the war. Based on the daily news coverage you would never know that Pakistan is suppose to be in the middle of a major conflict with over 100,000 troops in life/death struggle in N Waziristan. Pakistan newspapers dedicates more space to San Bernardino shooting and bombing of ISIS than what’s happening in N Waziristan — I find that disturbing.Recommend

  • Dec 15, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Recently, I have read somewhere that Our forces killed around 4000 militants through zarb-e-azb. Meanwhile, this operation cost us around 200 billion rupees. Which means per militant cost is PKR 50 Million. ThankyouRaheelSharif…. :)Recommend

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