Pakistan Army successfully completes Operation Khyber-4

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"Today Khyber-4 has successfully completed", the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said while briefing media representatives in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Ghafoor said the areas cleared before had to be re-visited again to again clear them as terrorists move from one area to other.

The DG ISPR said that hundreds of landmines were removed during the Operation Khyber-4.

Referring to Afghanistan, he said that even though Afghan forces have not acted as they should, but Pakistan has conducted operations to establish control over its areas. A total of 52 militants and two soldiers were killed in the operation.

Ghafoor added that the military had consultation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces during the operation. He added that 1,728 intelligence based operations were conducted in Punjab.

He said that the security forces have carried out 3300 operations under Radd-ul-Fasaad so far. He said 95 percent affected persons have been returned to their homes. 'Over 250 cross border attacks were foiled by the forces, ' he said.

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Maj Gen Asif also announced that the militant involved in perpetrating suicide attacks on prominent personalities, including Punjab Chief Minister, had been apprehended.

Pakistan Army on 16th July had announced that Operation Khyber-4 will be launched against terrorists.

Talking about reforms in FATA, the DG ISPR said that these are inevitable, and Pakistan army has given its suggestions in this regard to the government.

Major Gen Ghafoor said that the security forces have also defused hundreds of landmines during "one of the most hard operations".

In reply to a question with reference to former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's proposal to the government to make the Dawn Leaks report public, Major General Asif Ghafoor said that it is prerogative of the federal government to open report of any inquiry including Dawn Leaks.

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