RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced on Tuesday that security forces had successfully neutralized 10 terrorists in the Pezu region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Tank district.
According to a statement by the military’s media wing, the operation was carried out based on intelligence reports regarding the presence of terrorists in the area. During the operation, a fierce exchange of fire occurred between Pakistani troops and the militants, resulting in the elimination of ten terrorists.
The ISPR revealed that these terrorists had been actively involved in various acts of terrorism against security forces and had also been implicated in extortion and the killing of innocent civilians.
Following the operation’s success, security forces recovered a significant cache of weapons, ammunition, and explosives from the deceased militants.
The ISPR noted that local residents in the area appreciated the operation, emphasizing that Pakistan’s security forces are resolutely committed to eradicating the threat of terrorism from the country.
With an increase in terrorist activities since the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terminated a ceasefire with Pakistan in November of the previous year, security forces have intensified their operations against militants.
Pakistani authorities have accused Afghanistan of permitting militants to use its territory, with interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti revealing that 14 out of 24 suicide bombings in the country this year were carried out by Afghan nationals.
In response to these activities, the government has issued an order for all illegal immigrants, including 1.73 million Afghan nationals, to leave the country or face expulsion.
According to a report released by the independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), there were at least 271 militant attacks in the first half of 2023, resulting in 389 fatalities and 656 injuries. During this period, terrorist activities in the country surged by 79%.
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