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The military's media wing on Friday evening claimed to have killed more than 100 suspected militants in intelligence-based operations carried out by security forces across the country, including Punjab, in the past 24 hours.

“The intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind the recent terrorism incidents,” read a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations.

In its statement, the military claimed that it had found linkages to militant support networks operating from across the border.

“The border has been closed since last night due to security reasons. No cross-border or unauthorised entry will be allowed into Pakistan from Afghanistan,” read the statement.

Security forces have been given special orders to maintain strict vigilance all along the border, it added.

"Army is for security of people of Pakistan against all types of threat. Nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces. We shall not let the hostile agenda succeed whatever it may cost," the army chief was quoted as saying.

Read: Army chief Bajwa vows revenge for Sehwan attacks: 'No more restraint'

'Testing current policy of cross border restraint'

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday, while talking to US General John Nicholson, said continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan are testing the current policy of cross border restraint, said a statement from the military’s media wing.

General Bajwa said most of the incidents of terrorism in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with their leadership hiding in Afghanistan.

“Such terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our current policy of cross border restraint.”

He asked the commander of the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) to play his role in “disconnecting this planning, direction, coordination and financial support”.

During the conversation with Nicholson, Bajwa also informed him of the list of terrorists handed over to Afghan authorities earlier today.

The US general expressed his condolence over the loss of lives in the attack on the Sufi shrine and assured the COAS of full assistance in regards to his concerns.

Nicholson also shared his plans to improve special coordination between the RSM, Afghan security forces and Pakistan, added the ISPR statement.

Security forces unleash bloody nationwide crackdown

“Both the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities and police started a crackdown across the country before dawn, and scores of suspects have been arrested from different cities,” a government official speaking on condition of anonymity had told AFP early on Friday.

He said the sweeping operation will intensify in the coming days.

The Army had launched a search and strike operation in the Shalman area of Khyber Agency near the Pak-Afghan border, using heavy artillery, security sources said. Four alleged terrorists were killed in the Lower Orakzai tehsil of the Orakzai Agency during the operation, the sources said.

Three alleged terrorists were killed during a search and strike operation in the Reggi area of Peshawar. According to officials, weapons and hand-grenades were also recovered from the militants.

Four more were killed in Bannu during an exchange of fire.

Six militants were killed in the Khyber Agency.

A statement from the paramilitary Rangers said at least 18 terrorists had been killed in operations in Sindh overnight, while police officials said seven more had been killed by them.

Two more militants were killed in a gun battle with police on Sariab Road in Quetta.

Formal protests registered through diplomatic channels

Earlier in the day, Afghan diplomats were summoned to General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi by the Army, which lodged a strong protest against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan.

The Afghan officials were also handed over a list of 76 "most wanted" terrorists by the Pakistan Army, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had said in a Tweet.

Afghanistan was asked to either take "immediate action" against the named terrorists or hand them over to Pakistan, he said.

Meanwhile, in a telephonic conversation with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan were in a state of deep anguish and pain at the recent terrorist incidents in various parts of Pakistan, which had resulted in the loss of precious human lives.

Aziz had also told Atmar that the banned terror outfit, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, had accepted responsibility for the acts of terror, and expressed serious concerns that the terrorist outfit continued to operate from its sanctuaries and safe havens in Afghanistan while Pakistan's calls to Afghan officials regarding their existence went unheeded.


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Taimoor Ahmad Feb 17, 2017 07:27pm

Eliminate them from the surface of the earth...Well done security forces

desi dimag Feb 17, 2017 07:27pm

Awesome,

Sam Feb 17, 2017 07:36pm

Why this was not done before? we could have avoided 2 major incidents and innocent lives could have been saved.

Shoaib hussain Feb 17, 2017 07:36pm

Ruthlessness and brutalitiy are only way forward to deal with these terrorists. Glad to know operation also taking place at punjab. Well done nation stands by you

Bilal Feb 17, 2017 07:41pm

Why was it not done before? Why do we have to wait for a tragedy and people to die for us to take a tiny little action. Useless. Paid for nothing.

Hamaad Feb 17, 2017 07:44pm

@Sam agree with you. We are a reactionary nation. We never learn...

Bipin Feb 17, 2017 07:45pm

A very commandable job, highly appreciate.

inns ali Feb 17, 2017 07:43pm

it's about time, the Pak army took this action, no more chances, we need to root the terrorist out of Pakistan. Let them go back to where every they come from there is no room for them here!

Khan Feb 17, 2017 07:45pm

This would have been done long ago and save the life of innocent peoples !!! Rather late than never !!!!

Kamran Feb 17, 2017 07:51pm

Good step but why do we have to wait for such incidents to start these operations? Why not continue operations and get rid of them before they commit such acts!

papa Johns Feb 17, 2017 07:51pm

Good job. Good T bad T....eliminate them. Full stop!

fahd Feb 17, 2017 07:52pm

well done.

Ramesh C Manghirmalani Feb 17, 2017 07:52pm

perfect job

desi dimag Feb 17, 2017 07:54pm

Hope civilians are safe.

AMIR Feb 17, 2017 08:05pm

@Kamran i think you know the answer to that since it's been happening for years.

Nasir S. Feb 17, 2017 08:09pm

So does this make us suffer. Why were these guys not eliminated when information about them was known. I fail to believe these knee jerk reactions actually habe any benefits. Our security services must admit we are unable to protect our people.

Ashraf Chaudhary Feb 17, 2017 08:28pm

Well done job, must continue indefinitely

The end is near Feb 17, 2017 08:36pm

Well done Pak Army. Finish these savage terrorists before they kill more innocent people. Thanks

Meer Feb 17, 2017 08:50pm

@Sam Political parties wont allow that before, now they dont have option. Thanks to Army.

ABCD Feb 17, 2017 08:51pm

Hard but true. Eliminate them

pakistani Feb 17, 2017 08:57pm

Please be extra brutal to these savages they kill women and children and take pride in them.

Sunilsm Feb 17, 2017 09:16pm

Wow sir Best ever thing we r hearing from u sir, best thing ever done for the region and beyond. Finger crossed.

charlieolly Feb 17, 2017 09:37pm

So the army knew who to target & where they were Why was this action not taken earlier

Anti-corruption Feb 17, 2017 09:40pm

There has to be local facilitator who provided necessary information, logistic support and coordinated with the militants. The key to success is to identify that person (s) and arrest him alive.

lucky Feb 17, 2017 10:21pm

Salute Pak Forces. Salam General Raheel

Nilesh Feb 17, 2017 10:21pm

Excellent.

lucky Feb 17, 2017 10:57pm

Well job done

Usman Feb 17, 2017 11:30pm

Good job!

Olx Feb 17, 2017 11:51pm

Good Job

Truth v2 Feb 18, 2017 12:39am

Well, I don't know what to say.. This looks like a temporary eye wash to pacify the people.. If credible information was already available of these terrorists then this should have been done before itself..

SaeEds Feb 18, 2017 12:41am

Why these action taken before the attack? Now these action look dubious.

pk Feb 18, 2017 01:08am

My immediate concern is, can we have the PSL finaly in Lahore. This will convey we are safe inspite of the attacks. Come what may, this great game must be played in Lahore

truth Feb 18, 2017 01:34am

Where is the proof.

Moth Feb 18, 2017 04:06am

How come these terrorists are so healthy. What is their source of income. Perhaps drugs kidnaping paid terrorism. Please expose their financial resources.

LUcky man Feb 18, 2017 06:29am

All of sudden, they found 100.

Junaid Feb 18, 2017 06:35am

Pakistan army should carry out such operations on regular basis than terrorism will be eliminated from Pakistan soil our response should be brutal

Ali Feb 18, 2017 08:15am

fighting with outside enemy is easier then insider.

PPK Feb 18, 2017 08:39am

Killing of terrorists is a short term of solution... we have to address the very dogma that creates terrorists through holistic approach of education , social awareness and rule of law...

Peace Feb 18, 2017 08:42am

Go in root cause. Why they are doing this. Never heard about cause. This is the problem pakistan thinker are very small in number but even they don't think constructively. As ajit doval had said first know your enemy half battle you win.

BNJ Feb 18, 2017 08:51am

Good Job! But if the whereabouts of these terrorists was already known,why was this operation not done before!

atay youli balti Feb 18, 2017 10:05am

well done forces well done ! i would like to tell those who raising question why did not conduct operation before this incident ...please army is carrying combining operation for last few years. how may such brutal incident has been avoided by sacrificing their lives ...they are still sacrificing themselves, their family, their children future, their friendship for our better tomorrow...!!therefore what we should do, instead of criticism we have to recognize their efforts and give moral courage and Dua for their success.

T.m.khan Feb 18, 2017 10:13am

@PPK , that is the way going forward but for the interim, keep political expediency aside and ruthlessly use brute force. Obviously if overnight 100 have been eleminated this itself is proof enough that security and intelligence agencies know their hideouts, yet wait for them to strike first killing scores of innocent people.

KHAN BABA USA Feb 18, 2017 10:34am

Who is correct the ISPR or Shahbaz Sharif

Humza Zafar Feb 18, 2017 10:56am

@charlieolly cuz the political govt didn't want them to.

Pakistani Feb 18, 2017 03:40pm

No mercy given. These terrorists should be afraid of us now. Hiding in their holes wondering when a bomb will strike and kill them all.

ali Feb 18, 2017 04:26pm

Very strange. if security forces know that where these so called 100 militants were hiding, then security forces were waiting to happen this kind of incident.

Shahzad Feb 18, 2017 06:00pm

Such a swift action only means security personnel knew where to strike but never took action against them. Lets blame everyone else except ourselves.

Love # peace Feb 18, 2017 06:39pm

Well Done

Jigar Feb 18, 2017 06:48pm

@truth good question,

Junaid Naqi Feb 18, 2017 06:59pm

@Sam cant agree more... we do some action... takes lot of credit... then sleep forever... and wait for next incident... (repeat)

Ouzzy Feb 18, 2017 07:48pm

@Bilal paid for nothing. Its them who protect your country, foght your wars. Fight on ur borders for ur protection. While u sit at home. You wouldnt last a day in their shoes.

Ouzzy Feb 18, 2017 07:49pm

@charlieolly because YOUR government did not allow them!

Rajendra D Feb 18, 2017 07:53pm

Well done security forces.................

David Samson Feb 18, 2017 08:04pm

Time to take the gloves off with the Afghan Govt. This govt. is not worth a dime. Save our people, seal the borders and choke em.

Aqeel Ahmed Feb 18, 2017 08:30pm

Pakistan must build wall on Pak Afghan border no matter how much it costs, if Pakistan has to be made a terror free country. We want a prosperous, corruption free and terror free Pakistan. Long live Pakistan! Any one who creates terror must be exterminated brutally. Good effort by security forces.

Paban Chandra Choudhury Feb 18, 2017 08:57pm

Non stop operations against terrorists should continue so that such tragic incidents are not repeated. Better late than never.

Umair Feb 18, 2017 09:04pm

We are best in claiming after the fact.

Please produce criminals in front of public and trial them. Show it to the world, these claims have no value.

gis Feb 18, 2017 10:07pm

100 killed big mistake, 1000 will born to revenge. No judicial system

Raj patel Feb 19, 2017 02:53am

Did any one in Pakistan other than security personnel witnesses any dead bodies? Nothing against any one.

Sadia Feb 19, 2017 04:16am

I like to see the evidence. Seriously, I am loosing hope!

Sadia Feb 19, 2017 04:17am

@Sam ... and I still don't believe them. What is that "evidence would be provided later"? Either you don't break the news, or if you choose to do, then do it with full details and confidence.

Jeff Sanders Feb 19, 2017 04:40am

probably you need to understand a pattern in 1971 and 2017. Good luck.

Saqib ghumman Feb 19, 2017 06:58am

Open military courts and give them a chance of fair trial before this kind of punishment ...

Singh Feb 19, 2017 07:28am

@lucky: RS retired last year.

Waseem Feb 19, 2017 11:06pm

Pakistan has to do more against the intolerance/terrorism atleast till 20 to 30 years.

rashid nasim Feb 20, 2017 09:38am

This simply do not sounds right. In 48-72 hours of Sahwan Sharif incident; we were deployed intel, collect intel, process intel, deploy resources to eliminate bad guys and eliminated the. Not possible, unless Intel was already available. If Intel was available then why did we not took any actions before the incident. Please answer my questions