DERA GHAZI KHAN: Nine terrorists were killed, while four Rangers men embraced martyrdom during Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Basti Dadwani, Choti area of Dera Ghazi Khan on Friday.
A Rangers man was also injured in the fourth major operation steered by Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department’s (CTD) officials this week in the area.
Seven suspects were also arrested from the precincts of Choti police station and shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation. The Namaz-e-Janaza of the martyred Rangers men was offered in Multan.
The joint operation of the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) across the district, including tribal areas, is continuing. The operation in the Basti Dadwani was conducted on the information that radicals of banned organisations were present in the area.
Asghar Dadwani and his brothers, Yaqoob and Usman, started firing from a house at the LEAs. Retaliation by the LEAs continued for hours, in which, nine terrorists were killed.
Seven of the killed terrorists were identified as Asghar Dadwani, Yaqoob, Usman, Naeem Dadwani, Mirza Khan, Ghulam Farid and Muhammad Suhail. The process for identification of the other two is under way.
The Rangers officials who got martyred fighting the terrorists included Hawaldar Muhammad Asif, Tanveer, Azizullah and Muhammad Aftab. Another Rangers official, Abu Bakar, was seriously injured in the exchange of fire. He was shifted to Combined Military Hospital, Multan in the Pakistan Army helicopter.
Director General, Rangers, Maj Gen Azhar Naveed Hayat visited the operation area along with other senior officers to review the situation. He gave directions to Rangers on duty about the operation. He left for DG Khan and from there went to Multan Cantonment to attend the Namaz-e-Janaza of the martyred officials. Commandant, Rangers Punjab, Brig Arshad Mehmood and other officials also attended the prayers.
(TRANSLATION BY ARSHAD SHAHEEN)