Operation launched in Punjab: reports

Published: June 17, 2010
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Unconfirmed reports suggest that an operation has been launched against banned outfits in Punjab. PHOTO: AFP

Unconfirmed reports suggest that an operation has been launched against banned outfits in Punjab. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Unconfirmed reports suggest a massive target operation against three banned outfits has been launched in Punjab.

Lists of alleged terrorists have been handed over to police and law enforcement agencies.

Sources in the Punjab Home Department have said the final approval of the operation had been given by the Chief Minister Punjab.

Chief Secretary Punjab, Nasir Mehmood Khosa along with IG Punjab Tariq, Saleem Dogar are reported to have secretly visited the major cities of Punjab and finalised the modus operandi of the target operation.

655 people belonging to banned organisations in Multan have been put on the top of the list while 127 alleged miscreants have been declared most wanted from Jhang.

The list also contained the names of 60 people from Faisalabad, 19 from Toba Tek Singh, and 13 from Chiniot.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Khurram Husain
    Jun 17, 2010 - 3:47PM

    The photo shows army soldiers, but the story suggests the police will be carrying out the operation.

    Is the photo from the operation, or is it a file photograph?Recommend

  • naureen.aqueel
    Jun 17, 2010 - 4:06PM

    It’s a file photo. (Web)Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2010 - 4:15PM

    If true, and operation in Southern Punjab is good news. Having said that, I can’t help but believe the judiciary will set many of these of people free for lack of evidence. Recommend

  • Farigh
    Jun 17, 2010 - 4:31PM

    Is the photo from the operation, or is
    it a file photograph?

    this is express tribune, Recommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2010 - 4:48PM

    Hamza is absolutely correct in stating that all the persons to be apprehended will have to be set free for lack of evidence. Unless we turn them into missing persons!

    It is a measure to fend off the US pressure on one hand and extract dollars on the other hand to meet the cost of operation. We have already read about the demand of attack helicopters from the US.

    Punjab population-wise is more than half of Pakistan. It is infested with madrassas on the dole of our Saudi and Gulf donors. But they are churning out evil heads.

    It will take more than military/police operation to arrest the menace.

    These madrassas should be taken over by the government. Administrators of the Auqaf Department should run these institutions on modern lines manned by qualified graduates from recognized college & universities.

    Yet another Operation! We Pakistanis have witnessed many operations:

    1971 in East Pakistan
    1976 in Balochistan
    1992 in Karachi
    2007 in Balochistan
    2008 in NWFP
    2009 in FATA

    2010 in the Punjab?

    We must revisit history to avoid the blunders of the past.Recommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2010 - 4:51PM

    We need to clean the mess in Punjab. It is better late than never!Recommend

  • Tippu
    Jun 17, 2010 - 5:21PM

    About bloody time!!
    but police action will not suffice. The army must be sent in to clean up these killers.Recommend

  • azad
    Jun 17, 2010 - 6:17PM

    just for show. this Punjab government was elected to a large measure by this strata of society. Recommend

  • Jun 17, 2010 - 6:18PM

    root of terror lies in Poverty
    do thousand operations and in end you will see thousand headed hydra

    If you want to eliminate terrorism/extremism
    eliminate Poverty and ignorance.

    History is Economics in Action. All racial or Ideological disputes have roots in economics. try to understand .

    Use of force may bring short term peace but in Long run counter productive

    example of Afghanistan is FATA is infront of youRecommend

  • Yousuf A
    Jun 17, 2010 - 6:31PM

    This is crap!

    They just “say” that an operation is launched!

    In reality, they round up a few known suspects, then a few weeks later let them loose.

    Maybe actually charging, prosecuting and putting these weirdo’s behind bars would be a better idea?Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Jun 17, 2010 - 7:11PM

    reading daily report of the double digit “insurgents” being killed in the on-going Army operations seems unfathomable – still no end seen to wiping the Taliban & Co. leadership clean. Only the drones seem to be hitting Bulls Eye.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 17, 2010 - 7:56PM

    Apart from operation whether it is conducted by the Army or Police, one must try to reach at the conclusion as how to end the menace of terrorism in Pakistan.

    What are the root causes which make the insurgents to conduct terrorist activities in the country?

    How can the insurgents be brought in the main stream line to behave like hourable citizens? What are their grievances? Why few people are holding guns in their hands and fighting against the state?

    These are few mind-boggling questions which need to be answered to reach the root cause of terrorism.Recommend

  • Rehan Ali
    Jun 17, 2010 - 9:27PM

    Here we go again.

    It seems we are creating our own civil war. Initially, it was Baluchistan and BLA than came NWFP and Taliban, Now Punjab so the only place left is Sindh. Lets see when do we have it under attack. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 18, 2010 - 12:23AM

    Those who are calling for the operation to be a civil war should check the history of Islamofascist groups, who over the years have killed & murdered people in name of God & religion, its about time the security organizations get up & do what they should have had done 20 years ago, to wipe clean these SAVAGES from our country.Recommend

  • Danish Butt
    Jun 18, 2010 - 11:42AM

    i think all these terrorists should be shot dead so that they dun get any chance to get free from the courts due to the lack of evidenceRecommend

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