Director General Inter-Service Public Relations Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa addressed a press conference, marking the second anniversary of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
“June 15 is a historic day for us. Before Zarb-e-Azb, the country, including North Waziristan was plagued with terrorism.”
“This includes 900 terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Islam.”
“Pakistan Army has recovered modern weapons from these terrorists, which they had stolen from American troops,” he told the media.
Pakistan is relatively a safer place today than it was before the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb on June 15, 2014. The number of terror incidents has gone down considerably in the country. Karachi is relatively more peaceful. The success of the operation is evidenced by the data released by ISPR on the occasion of the operation’s second anniversary. An area of 3,600sq km in North Waziristan, including Shawal, has been cleared of terrorists, which include 900 terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Islam. The army successfully seized 253 tonnes of explosives; 7,500 bomb-making factories were closed down in Shawal; and a total of 3,500 terrorists were killed, leaving 992 hideouts destroyed. This has been achieved at the cost of about 490 soldiers martyred and about $1.9 billion in operational expenses.