BEIJING: China on Friday extended full support to military operation Radd-ul-Fasaad launched to eliminate terrorism and extremism across the country.
"China understands and supports necessary measures taken by Pakistan to consolidate its position in counter-terrorism operations and maintain domestic security for the safety of its people," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press briefing.
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Sheang also extended condolences over the loss of lives in the surge of terror attacks in Pakistan. "We believe with joint efforts of government, army and people, Pakistan will surely secure victory in its fight against terrorism."
Following a sharp spike in terrorist attacks, Pakistan’s military announced on Wednesday the launch of a new nationwide military offensive, codenamed Radd-ul-Fasaad (suppressing mischief), with an aim to eliminate remnants of terrorists.
The decision to mount the operation was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the corps headquarters in Lahore. Attendees included the head of Punjab Rangers and officials of intelligence agencies.
“The operation aims at indiscriminately eliminating residual/latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders,” read a statement issued by the military’s media wing.
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The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, civil armed forces and other security and law enforcement agencies would also participate and support the efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.