DG ISPR press conference: Strategic intent of Raddul Fasaad is peaceful, stable Pakistan

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DG ISPR Babar Iftikhar

Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Monday has addressed a press conference at the army headquarters.
The military spokesperson was speaking to media on the fourth anniversary of Operation Raddul Fasaad. Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar shared details about the dividends earned through the operation that was launched on February 22, 2017 by under the leadership of COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The news briefing – which coincided with the fourth anniversary of Operation Radd-ul-Fasad – was arranged to update the media on the achievements made by the security forces during the four-year-long offensive. “We have eliminated such anti-Pakistan propaganda by a large extent,” he added.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, or ‘Elimination of Discord’ in English, was launched on February 22, 2017, to capitalise on the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and, according to the military, it was aimed at indiscriminately eliminating the “residual/latent threat of terrorism”, by going after the sleeper cells of terrorists and their sympathisers in the country’s urban centres.
He said in the past four years, more than 375,000 intelligence-based operations (IBO) were carried out under Raddul Fasaad in which the CTD, IB, ISI, MI, police, FC and Rangers all played a role. Of these, more than 34,000 IBOs were carried out in Punjab; over 150,000 in Sindh, more than 80,000 in Balochistan and in KP, more than 92,000.
“In these four years, security forces have trained more than 37,428 policemen across the country and in the next six months about 4,000 more will be inducted in tribal areas’ police force after training. In Balochistan, the Pakistan Army has trained 3,865 Levies personnel and this year more than 3,500 Levies officials’ training is underway,” the DG ISPR said. He added that nearly 96pc of the people in Temporarily Displaced Persons camps had returned home as a result of a well-rounded strategy.