While speaking to the media on the fourth anniversary of the launch of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar shared details of the success achieved by the forces during Radd-ul-Fasaad operation.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar said Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has successfully achieving its defined targets.
Radd-ul-Fasaad had a two pronged strategy. Firstly, counter terrorism that only the state can use power, effective border management, stabilizing western zone. The second was the counter violence which included the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP), bringing FATA in the system and eradication extremist narrative. While the overall grand strategy was to clear, hold, build and transfer.
The second part of the strategy was to build upon these successes. “An ideology can only be countered by a superior ideology, a superior argument,” DG said. In this context, the National Action Plan (NAP) had to be executed perfectly. The inclusion of FATA in the national set-up was a major milestone. Madrassah and police reforms were also done with complete support of the government.
The grand strategy was clear, hold, build and transfer. From 2010-2017, we were in the clear and hold face with the objective to clear the territory from the enemy and take control. From 2017 till now, the main focus was to make these gains irreversible. Social economic uplift and establishment of civil institutions was the main part of it.
Since the establishment of military courts 717 cases were referred. 344 terrorists were sentenced to death while 58 were executed. 106 were given life sentences were five were acquitted. Furthermore, action has been taken against 78 organizations
and their assets have been frozen.
About 84% of the border fencing work has been completed on Pak-Afghan border. While the border with Iran has been fenced to about 43%. Integrated transit trade system will be active at Chaman and Torkham border in the coming two years.
Almost 335 terrorists were killed during the operation. The law enforcement agencies have so far seized 72,000 weapons across Pakistan. Furthermore, Pakistan Army has demined 72 kilometres of the area.
Till now 48,000 mines have been recovered that makes areas of 72 km. During the process, two soldiers were martyred and 119 got injured. Still, 42 percent of the area has mines. Number of check posts have been reduced from 450 to 250. About 1200 sub-nationalists and extremists surrendered arms.
Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs)
Furthermore, 375,000 intelligence-based operations (IBOs) have been conducted in the last four years. All law enforcement agencies like CTD, FC, Rangers, ISI and MI were involved in this. He gave a breakdown of the IBOs in every province with Punjab: 34,000; Sindh: 150,000; Balochistan: 85,000 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 52,000. In addition to this over 5,000 threat alerts were issued and most of them were neutralised by acting upon them.
“We even countered urban terrorism and destroyed their network.” This includes the attack on PC Hotel in Gwadar, the suicide attack near the agriculture university in KP, and the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange and the Chinese consulate in Sindh.
He said Pakistan has done a lot to comply with FATF conditions. And the forum will recognize these efforts. However, there are lobbies that are working against Pakistan.
DG ISPR said that every Pakistani is a soldier of operation Rad-ul-Fasaad and this battle has been fought by every citizen of Pakistan.