- Fierce exchange of fire between troops and terrorists: ISPR.
- The forces are sanitizing the surrounding areas in Chitral district.
- The army says that the local people appreciated the operation of the security forces.
The army’s media wing on Wednesday said security forces killed two terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district.
In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said security forces conducted IBO at Ursun near the border area in Chitral district on the night of November 7-8.
“during [the] “During the conduct of the operation, intense exchange of fire took place between our own troops and the terrorists, resulting in the killing of two terrorists while four terrorists were seriously injured,” the statement said.
It said the surrounding areas were being swept to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area.
“The local people of the area appreciated the operation by Pakistan security forces, who are committed to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.”
The ISPR had said the latest IBO comes two days after Pakistan Army Lt Col Muhammad Hasan Haider and three other soldiers were martyred in an exchange of fire with terrorists during an operation in KP’s Khyber district.
It said security forces led by Lt Col Haider conducted IBO in general area of Tirah in Khyber district and killed three terrorists and injured three others.
The country of 240 million has faced a surge in terrorism in recent months, with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other terrorist organizations stepping up their crackdown against security forces.
Earlier today, acting Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar said Afghans were also deeply involved in suicide attacks and other clashes with Pakistani forces, adding that security incidents have escalated since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul in 2021. There has been a huge increase. ,
More than 250,000 people have fled Pakistan to Afghanistan since Islamabad issued an ultimatum in October to the 1.7 million Afghans living illegally in the country.
“The majority of these illegal immigrants in Pakistan are of Afghan origin,” Premier Kakar said. He further said, “A significant portion of those involved in criminal and terrorist activities are among these illegal immigrants.”
He also said that there has been a 60% increase in terrorist incidents in Pakistan since the Taliban came to power in August 2021, resulting in 2,267 deaths.
While he blamed the banned TTP for most of the incidents, he said they were using bases in Afghanistan and Afghans were also involved.
He said that despite repeated complaints by Pakistan to the rulers of Afghanistan, no action was taken.