Pakistan launches much-awaited operation in South Punjab

Published: April 6, 2016
Operation is being carried out by LEAs including Rangers and police against 'hardened criminal and ferraris, says ISPR. PHOTO: AFP

Operation is being carried out by LEAs including Rangers and police against 'hardened criminal and ferraris, says ISPR. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army launched on Wednesday the much-awaited targeted operation against militant outfits in Southern Punjab, days after the deadliest attack in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.

The military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed the launch of coordinated operation in South Punjab.

At least 72 people were killed and more than 233 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space of a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter on March 27, 2016.

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The operation is being carried out by civil and military law enforcement agencies, including Rangers, police and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) against ‘hardened criminal and ferraris’, it has been learnt.

“These terrorists flee from different parts of the country as a result of successful operations Zarb-e-Azb and took refuge in remote areas of Rohjan, Kache in district Rahim Yaar Khan,” an ISPR statement said.

The confirmation of coordinated operation by civil and military authorities suggested that standoff between the government and army on how to pursue operation in Punjab is now over.

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The deadlock appears to be ended after a recent flurry of high-level exchanges between the civil and military leadership.

Earlier this week, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met COAS General Raheel Sharif to discuss the Punjab operation.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • hamza khan
    Apr 6, 2016 - 9:05PM

    excellent…should have started a while ago, need to do one in central punjab as well. all aiders and abbettors need to be taken down. no invincibility for punjab. Recommend

  • Guldar Ali Khan Wazir
    Apr 6, 2016 - 9:58PM

    What is responsibility of civil administration if every thing is done by Pak army? The civil armed forces (Rangers) and Punjab police be assigned the task to identify sanctuaries of militants and take action accordingly. We need to think about our our national interests instead of siding with those who are bent upon damaging the existential structure of this blessed country. No doubt, our country is grappled with myriad challenges and some non state actors are trying to destabilise it by any way they can. But if we foster unity and cohesiveness we can deal with these challenges most effectively. . Recommend

  • Sabir Hameed
    Apr 6, 2016 - 10:28PM

    All criminals will flee to Karachi and other cities of Sindh and Baluchistan. Then they will attack on Army’s installations. They will wait till army goes back to barracks.
    LeJ has list power to take over Pakistan.
    But still they can do a lot as long as they have support from KSA & UAE.Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 6, 2016 - 10:30PM

    Lets hope Pakistan journalist pay more attention to this offensive than the two year long conflict in N Waziristan. Recommend

  • Nida Ali
    Apr 6, 2016 - 10:39PM

    Criminals will not flee to other parts of the country. Forces in Karachi and rest of Sindh, KPK and Baluchistan should be on high alert and tighten the noose around these criminals. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 6, 2016 - 11:20PM

    ….after giving sufficient time for the real bad guys to shift to safer areas.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Apr 6, 2016 - 11:29PM

    Well done !!!!!

    Pak army should initiate search operation of Rana Sanaullah’s properties too !!!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 7, 2016 - 1:11AM

    Are Terrorists so stupid that they didn’t know about this so called operation? If they can cross hundreds of check posts between FATA and South Punjab, they can easily go to other places. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 7, 2016 - 1:48AM

    Excellent job Pakistan Army Zindabad General Raheel Sharif ZindabadRecommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Apr 7, 2016 - 2:11AM

    So all other regions are now crime free? Much awaited – why were we waiting?Recommend

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