LONDON: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa here on Friday said talks were held with Britain on military cooperation with Pakistan and British officials were informed about the successes gained during operation Zarb-e-Azb.
During a media briefing here, about the current visit of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to Britain, he said operation Zarb-e-Azb was continuing successfully in North Waziristan and many areas including Mir Ali, Mirshah and Dattakhel were cleared of terrorists, many of whom were killed and arrested and their infrastructure was destroyed.
In these troubled areas, militants had set up infrastructure, training and call centres and they were making phone calls to people in other parts of the country for ransom, he added.
Before start of the North Waziristan operation, Pakistan informed Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), so that they could take action against terrorists who cross over the border. Operations were continuing along the border areas with Afghanistan, with whom Pakistan had improved its relations and both countries were sharing intelligence, he added.
He said in the next few months the remaining areas including Shawal would be cleared.
The DG said dignified return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) would start from Bannu and other areas in phases from next month.
“We have asked the British officials to extend support in the settlement programme for the IDPs,” he told.
He said action was being taken against terrorists without any discrimination and 5,000 terrorists and their facilitators were in custody.
More than 100 terrorists were killed during encounters, he added.
He said operations against terrorists were continuing across the country on the basis of gathered intelligence.
Terrorism was not possible without foreign assistance, he said adding terrorists were getting funding from foreign countries.
Ferari camps were spreading chaos in Balochistan, the DG said adding there was no doubt about foreign interference in Balochistan.
He said nation and all political parties were united against terrorism. There was no place for those who wanted to destabilize Pakistan, he added.
The DG said India committed more than 400 border ceasefire violations in 2014. The neighbouring country was deliberately creating problems for Pakistan, he added.
He said debate about military courts was beauty of democracy.