Pakistani security forces arrest 20 suspected terrorist from Baluchistan

(Photo courtesy: ISPR)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Pakistani security forces arrest 20 suspected terrorist from Baluchistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security forces on Sunday apprehended 20 suspected terrorists from the country’s southwestern province of Baluchistan.
Pakistan’s military media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement said that Frontier Corps Baluchistan conducted intelligence-based operations in different parts of Baluchistan province: Buleda, Gish Kaur, Tratha and Pishin. During the operation, 20 suspected terrorists were apprehended.
Security forces also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition including “RPG rockets, submachine guns and sniper rifle ammunition, laptops, global positioning system (GPS) devices and communication equipment,” ISPR said in the statement.
These intelligence-based operations (IBOs) are part of the ongoing operation “Radd-ul-Fasaad,” the statement added.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad (Rejection of Discord), was launched in February 2017 by the Pakistan Army to clean up terrorism from across the country and act against sympathizers and facilitators as well. In recent weeks, security forces conducted several IBOs in Baluchistan.
On Jan.30, 2018, Frontier Corps Baluchistan, along with intelligence agencies, carried out operations on terrorist hideouts in the Dera Bugti and Dera Murad Jamali areas of Baluchistan and arrested 10 suspected “terrorists.”


Pakistan reopens Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan

Updated 21 October 2018
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Pakistan reopens Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan

  • Islamabad closed border crossings with Afghanistan at the request of the Afghan government
  • Afghanistan held its third parliamentary elections since 2001 on Saturday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reopened its Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan on Sunday, state media reported.
Islamabad had closed two main border crossings —  Chaman and Torkham — with Afghanistan on Friday for two days, at the request of the Afghan government.
“The decision has been taken to support Afghanistan in the smooth conduct of the upcoming Parliamentary elections in the country,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday.
On Saturday, Afghanistan held it third parliamentary elections since 2001. 
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani on the phone on Friday and said, “These elections are an important landmark for the strengthening of democracy in the country, which remains the key to achieving sustainable peace and progress in Afghanistan.”