Army launches Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad against terrorists across the country

Published: February 22, 2017

In response to the continuing terror wave, Pakistan Army has launched ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’ across the country.

“Operation aims at indiscriminately eliminating residual / latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the military’s media wing, air force, navy, civil armed forces and other security and law enforcement agencies will jointly participate in efforts to eliminate terror from the country.

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“The effort entails conduct of Broad Spectrum Security/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management,” the communiqué said. “Countrywide de-weaponisation and explosive control are additional cardinals of the effort.”

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The statement also highlighted that pursuance of the National Action Plan, which was formed after Peshawar school attack in 2014, will be the hallmark of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

Pakistan has been hit by a series of suicide bomb attacks in recent days, claiming more than 100 lives.

At least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh’s Sehwan town last week.

In response, the security forces had launched a crackdown, killing over 100 militants.


The following are the major operations carried out by security forces against terrorists in recent past:

  • Operation Rah-e-Haq-I, II and III in Swat (2007-09)
  • Operation Sirat-e-Mustaqeem in Khyber Agency (2008)Operation Sherdil launched with Frontier Corps in Bajaur Agency (2008)
  • Operation Rah-e-Rast in Swat (2009)
  • Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan (2009)
  • Operation Sirat Mustaqeem (Righteous Path) in Bara (2008). This was followed by Operation Daraghlam (here I come) in December 2008, and Bia Daraghlam (Here I come again). The last operation Khawkh Ba de Sham (will teach you a lesson) was conducted in November 2009.
  • Operation Black Thunderstorm in Buner, Lower Dir and Shangla district (2009)
  • Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan (2014)
  • Operation Khyber I, II and III in Khyber Agency (2014-16)
  • Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country (2017)

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Saeed Masood
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:30PM

    Keep it up Pakistan Armed Forces, the whole nation of Pakistan is with you May Allah keep you in His strong and Powerful Protection Inshahallah Ameen.Recommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:33PM

    Good, its time to fully eliminate MQM also.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:38PM

    How is it going to be different from operation Zarb-e-Azb? Recommend

  • Maqsood
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:40PM

    Why do we use Arabic words/language to name a military operation? It just cannot be named Operation Clean-up.” It is the Arab world that is the source of this Fasad. Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:57PM

    First time talk of deweaponization, hope it becomes a resolve, it surely is necessary. Explosives control be made extremely serious with severe penalties. Another temporary measure required is to enact law pertaining to collective responsibility. Anti state crimes should have consequences for family members failing to report abberent behavior and suspicious activities of its members. This measure should then be given wide coverage for spreading awareness Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 22, 2017 - 7:15PM

    When you give your operations Arabic names instead of the ones in Urdu or even English, to fight an ideology that itself takes its pride from Arabic-Jihadism.Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Feb 22, 2017 - 7:52PM

    Should have started at least a year back. But then better late then ever !

    Best of success Pak-Army !Recommend

  • tatvavetta
    Feb 22, 2017 - 7:52PM

    It is good and necessary to have a military operation to cap terrorism but it is not a permanent solution. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was lauded and was successful as we saw some peaceful months. ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’ will be showing some results but other measures to prevent re-eruption of this situation is required. For this correct diagnosis is required.Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Feb 22, 2017 - 8:16PM

    If this is again a joke, you are going to seriously loose your image as protector of this land. Dismantle the core of them along with the branches and even the thought of them with full might once and for all. For god sake forget their types, just do an action across the board. Please update your doctrine and decide there is no good type of them. Suffocate them, blow them, perish them or burn them,no one cares the mode of doom on them t it is going to eliminate them. The silent majority is with youRecommend

  • Adeel
    Feb 22, 2017 - 8:18PM

    Why do we have to start new operations every then and now instead of having one full scale operation to root the terrorism out once in for all. Recommend

  • SNKN
    Feb 22, 2017 - 9:00PM

    Very best wishes and prayers for our armed forces against the ‘misled’ elements…. national action plan is comprehensive and the all out success will clearly be achieved with its full implementation … May God almighty set us on the Right Path.. AmeenRecommend

  • London Banker
    Feb 22, 2017 - 9:10PM

    All these people crying about the name should know that its in Urdu. The problem is with your lack of basic Urdu literacy not with the name of the operation.Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 22, 2017 - 9:34PM

    @Proud to be Muslim:
    its already eliminated … but if you want to divert this operation to a specific community then this operation will never get its fruitful result.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 22, 2017 - 11:52PM

    Go after the root cause, i.e. clerics who misguide young impressionable minds. Until those factories that produce these terrorists are not controlled, reformed or completely shutdown, we will have to continue one operation after the other. Recommend

  • Mohd Ghiyas Ud Din
    Feb 23, 2017 - 2:31AM

    India is a great democratic country if democracy means public aspirations than India should allow kashmiries to exercise their right of self determination through a free and fair plebiscite under the supervision of U N security Council.This will not only resolve the issue once for all but also will be acceptable to every one. when root cause of every conflict will come to an end, the way of peace and prosperity could open. Moreover this solution will not hurt any one it will never be an Eigo or prestige issue but will be considered as public decision and voice of majority is voice of God. Recommend

  • doubtful
    Feb 23, 2017 - 4:26AM

    15 years too late and still too little. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Feb 23, 2017 - 6:17AM

    Another fancy name. Fancy numbers will be released on how successful it was. Everybody will pat themselves on their backs. Again, no proof required. Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 23, 2017 - 6:19AM

    The name is different.Recommend

  • Lost
    Feb 23, 2017 - 7:41AM

    Naming Operations has become fashionable – too bad results aren’t. Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Feb 24, 2017 - 2:13PM

    The sanctimonious nomenclature for operations are penned by people who have no sanctity, irony of ironies.Recommend

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