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.
Regarding cases referred to military courts, DG ISPR said 142 cases were referred to 11 military courts with 55 of them decided, 87 in process, resulting in the conviction of 31 terrorists.
“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.