All no-go areas across the country will be wiped out: ISPR

Published: April 20, 2016
An Express News screen grab of DG ISPR Asim Bajwa press conference on April 20, 2016.

An Express News screen grab of DG ISPR Asim Bajwa press conference on April 20, 2016.

Following the surrender of the notorious Chottu gang, the military has said all no-go areas across the country will be cleared.

“Combing operation will be carried out to cleanse the area. No-go areas will be eliminated from across [the] country,” DG ISPR Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said on Wednesday.

The army took command of the operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Aahan, on April 15 in an effort to rescue the 24 policemen abducted by the Chottu gang a week ago.

The military had launched a full-fledged assault using helicopter gunships, surveillance drones and heavy artillery with unconfirmed reports also suggesting movement of tanks in Kacha Jamal, Shahwali and Sonmiani areas.

“Army chief General Raheel Sharif has commended the soldiers who were involved in the operation, added Bajwa.

Chottu ‘surrenders with 175 gang members’

He said Chottu with his 13 gang members surrendered unconditionally, and all 24 hostage policemen were rescued safely.

Families of the criminal elements were also recovered, which included 24 women and 44 children, said the DG ISPR.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • tuk
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:56PM

    ‘interrogated’, just like molana Aziz was interrogated and let go after so many soldiers, women and children died in lal masjid.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Apr 20, 2016 - 7:03PM

    Chotu gang surrendered, when will motu (Hussain nawaz gang) surrender?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 20, 2016 - 7:56PM

    Start with the Lahore based Shariah court operated by JuD/LeT/LeJ.Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Apr 20, 2016 - 8:17PM

    This is the need of time to crack down upon all kinds of anti social elements, whether they be foreign funded terrorists, local gangsters, militants, target-killers and dacoits, who have made lives of Pakistanis miserable. For the sake of lasting peace and tranquility, there is a need to launch similar operations in the kutcha area of Sindh, and in addition to diffusing rivalries between various tribes, who have killed hundreds of innocent people in the interior Sindh, especially in Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sukkur and Ghotki. These tribes take law into their own hands and the local police is totally incompetent to control the tribal fighting. This is Pakistan and we must make it a peaceful country at all costs. Recommend

  • Al Furqan
    Apr 20, 2016 - 8:40PM

    All no-go areas across the country will be wiped out: ISPR

    Including Bahawalpur?

    Has ‘Sweeter than Honey’ given the go ahead?Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 20, 2016 - 8:46PM

    Does it include military housing schemes like NHS, malir defence etc. Which are literally no go area of citizens of Karachi. Accountablility should across the board.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:08PM

    Gr8! So when will the world see the interview of Chottu and his gang saying that RAW was involved in financing and arming of his gang?Recommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:54PM

    Seems like an eyewash . Wasn’t Chotu a well known establishment informer??Recommend

  • Singh
    Apr 20, 2016 - 11:01PM

    Air Force in action, tank in action, is army fighting some foreign power or its own people. Recommend

  • karachiites
    Apr 20, 2016 - 11:19PM

    @Ali: Absolutely right. You can not enter these housing society unless you know someone living there. Literally no go area’s.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Apr 21, 2016 - 7:36AM

    Pakistan is still a wadara county. writ of the government is still have to be establish. It is hindered present poor governance. Army should defend the country. County badly needs good Governess.Recommend

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