RAWALPINDI: Director General (DG) Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that security forces are in Awaran and Mashkay , only for relief operation. Dispelling a misperception which has been created by some media reports, DG ISPR said that security forces are committed in relief operation only, despite repeated attacks by miscreants on troops busy in relief work.
In a press statement on Sunday, DG ISPR stated that the security forces deployed in Awaran district and its Mashkay area were only carrying out relief operations.
The statement aimed at dispelling certain misconceptions created by some media reports, which stated that operations were being conducted against militants in these areas.
“There is no military operation in Awaran and Mashkay as is being propagated by miscreants,” said the statement.
Major General Bajwa stated that despite repeated attacks by miscreants on troops, the security forces have exercised utmost restraint and concentrated on relief work.
He further said that the army was determined to carry out relief efforts in these areas despite repeated attacks on relief convoys.
He also warned the general public to beware of propaganda stirred by miscreants, and invited the media to visit Awaran and Mashkay in order to witness the situation on ground for themselves.
A recent militant attack at a relief convoy left 12 soldiers injured, while another roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killed six soldiers earlier this month who were distributing humanitarian aid to the quake-stricken people of Awaran.
On September 30, a convoy of the Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch also escaped a rocket attack in Awaran as he was on his way to a camp office set up to carry out relief efforts.
Awaran is considered one of the most sensitive and troubled districts of Balochistan. According to the chief minister, Awaran has had no government for the past decade, which has led to miscreants trying their best to compromise relief efforts in the area.
At present, the security forces are in Awaran and Mashkay districts of Balochistan for the purpose of providing relief to earthquake victims,
It is pertinent to mention here that the first earthquake had hit Balochistan on September 24, killing at least 350 people and injuring hundreds more.
Another 7.2-magnitude quake furthered the damage when it struck the area on September 28.
A senior FC officer had said that most of the stricken places in Awaran are highly risky areas for relief workers and provincial functionaries as it is a hub of Baloch nationalist militants.
Mashkay – a sub-district of Awaran – has been under the militant command of nationalist guerrilla commander, Dr Allah Nazar who has been confronting the FC and Pakistan Army for a long time.