490 soldiers, 3,500 militants killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb so far: DG ISPR

Published: June 15, 2016
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Address comes after US State Department urges Afghanistan, Pakistan to resolve tensions. PHOTO: REUTERS

Address comes after US State Department urges Afghanistan, Pakistan to resolve tensions. PHOTO: REUTERS

Director General Inter-Service Public Relations Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa addressed a press conference on Wednesday, marking the second anniversary of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

“June 15 is a historic day for us. Before Zarb-e-Azb, the country, including North Waziristan was plagued with terrorism.”

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“Over a period of two years, an area of 3,600sq km in North Waziristan has been cleared of terrorists,” DG ISPR said.

“This includes 900 terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Islam.”

“As promised, these operations including Operation Kinetic have been conducted without any biasness. Shawal has also been cleared of terrorism.”‘

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“Pakistan Army has recovered modern weapons from these terrorists, which they had stolen from American troops,” he told the media.

“The army successfully seized 253 tons of explosives- enough to make IEDs from for at least 15 years,” he said while adding that 7,500 bomb making factories were closed down in Shawal.

In the past two years, a total of 3,500 terrorists were killed,  leaving 992 hideouts destroyed, DG ISPR stated.

Referring to the loss faced by the Pakistan Army during Zarb-e-Azb, Bajwa said, 490 soldiers have been killed thus far.

“Pakistan is not harbouring any terrorists on its soil,” he added.

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Further delving into the law and order situation of Karachi, Bajwa said, “About 1,200 terrorists have been arrested from Karachi, which reflects on the improved security situation of the metropolis.”

Answering a question regarding the recent arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav, an Indian Navy commander and agent of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Bajwa said, “This is the first time since World War II that a serving officer of another country has been caught.”

He further said that Pak Army had caught RAW and Afghan agents from tribal regions.

Two years after the military launched an operation, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, in the tribal areas, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that it has restored peace while the backs of terrorists have been broken.

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“Due to this (Zarb-e-Azb), the nation regained peace that was snatched by terrorists and anti-state elements,” PM Nawaz said in his message to the nation on the two-year anniversary of the massive operation.

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“The back of terrorists has been broken and they will soon become part of the trash of history,” he said.

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Speaking about the recent tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan along the Torkham border, Bajwa said, “Afghanistan resorted to unprovoked firing and then Pakistan replied in kind.”

“We did not hand over even an inch of Pakistani soil to Afghanistan,” Bajwa said regarding Angoor Adda. The check post handed over to Afghanistan was in its area, he added.

“Angoor Adda was handed over after consensus with the government,” DG ISPR said.

He further added that Pakistan was in talks with Afghanistan to resolve all issues.

Talking about drone attacks in Pakistan, Bajwa said that drone strikes will never be acceptable to Pakistan. “Drone strikes are an infringement of our sovereignty,” he added.

Concluding his press conference, he said, “It’s a long fight and we have reached this day after a long journey.”

Recalling the decision to go ahead with the operation, PM Nawaz said the whole nation including Pakistan Army and other security institutions played their role with full consistency and determination, which purged the country of the scourge of terrorism.

The premier went on to describe the past two years of Zarb-e-Azb as an “everlasting tale of human determination, courage, fortitude, bravery and sacrifice” which will continue to shine in the pages of our history and would be a source of guidance for the new generation.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Habibullah
    Jun 15, 2016 - 2:35PM

    I am looking forward to national celebration of 10th Anniversary of Zarb-e-Azb !
    Happy 2nd Anniversary to Pak Army !!Recommend

  • Shafiullah Khan
    Jun 15, 2016 - 2:53PM

    And please General, tell us how many roofs you destroyed in N. Waziristan as you did in S.Waziristan ? and will you tell us who took the timber, doors etc of these destroyed houses?Recommend

  • Vineeth
    Jun 15, 2016 - 3:06PM

    “June 15 is a historic day for us” – the day they started an operation to take back control of the country from the snakes they themselves bred?Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 15, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Torkahm? what torkham?? nothing is going on in torkhamRecommend

  • quatro
    Jun 15, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Since you never allowed any journalist to cover this conflict we will have to take your word on this. Since the 3,500 terrorist were Pakistanis maybe you should release their names?Recommend

  • SYED
    Jun 15, 2016 - 3:32PM

    A big Thank You to our Brave Army Soldiers and SALUTE to all Martyrs and Wounded. May Allah Showers His Mercy & Blessings upon them, Aameen.Recommend

  • Shafiullah Khan
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:17PM

    490 army men were killed despite the fact that the rival side was not having jets,tanks,etc as the army was using in this operation.Is not this figure high? Recommend

  • BigFact
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:56PM

    Highly amused to see the comments from Indians. Swat operation was very difficult, but nothing compared to this one. Amazingly tremendous, fearless work by our brave Pak army.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 15, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Not even a single video of -Zarb-e-Azb operation to prove DG Bajwa’s claim.Recommend

  • KPI
    Jun 15, 2016 - 10:57PM

    Forget of releasing names of the terrorists killed , pls release name of soldiers who gave martyrdom . 490 is a big number and I think you are depriving the nation of their right to pay homage by not divulging the names . Are they not heroes ? I doubt your narrative !Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 16, 2016 - 12:40AM

    Note absence of number of civilians killed or injured during operation!
    Note that no journalists were ever “embeded” with Pakistani forces to report on situation independent of ISPR!Recommend

  • wb
    Jun 16, 2016 - 1:53AM

    490 soldiers an 3500 militants…great!

    Now, how many civilians are killed?

    Or is Pak army considering civilians as militants too?Recommend

  • Mr Obvious
    Jun 16, 2016 - 3:50AM

    Congratulations – unfortunately your 15 years too late. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 3:52AM

    @Sunil,
    This is not your bollywood action film that we would make videos to prove anything to you guys..Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 5:50AM

    Any proof or is a General’s word enough?Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 16, 2016 - 6:30AM

    We salute to our brave solider who sacrifice their lives in this country Pakistan
    Pakistan army and General Raheel Sharif Zindabad
    We fully support our brave troops
    Excellent job Thank youRecommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 16, 2016 - 8:29AM

    The sarcastic comments above show how much we have deteriorated as a Nation. Once Pakistan was bleeding we were saying why no operation is being taken up. Now we don’t seem to honor the blood of Shaheeds. Now we are asking about doors and timber. Commenting on number of martyrs… and have forgotten that this is the blood of our own sons.
    Before criticizing Pakistan Army we should see the condition in other Islamic countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. They are in this situation because they didn’t have an Army like ours.
    Long Live Pakistan… Long Live Pak Army.Recommend

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