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Elimination of Discord

By Mehr Ispahani

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is a war on terror operation launched by Pakistan Army on 22 February 2017 to eliminate terrorism across Pakistan. The operation is aimed at eliminating the threat of terrorism and consolidating the gains of operations made so far. It is further aimed at ensuring the security of Pakistan’s borders. The operation will see active participation from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Police and other Civil Armed Forces. Pak Military has started the campaign after the killing of 88 people in suicide attack in Sufi DargahLalShahbahKaldar in Sindh province some days before. The Operation aims to indiscriminately eliminate the residual/latent threat of terrorism, consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring the security of Pakistan’s borders. Radd-ul- Fasaad literally means ‘Elimination of discord’.

 Pakistan’s Army, Air Force, Navy and all other security and intelligence agencies would participate in this all-out operation. A campaign named Zarb-e-Azhab was launched in 2014 by the Pakistani army to disperse the militants from the North Waziristan region on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The operation entailed the conduct of Broad Spectrum Security (Counter Terrorism) operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management. Countrywide de-weaponisation and explosive control were also given as additional objectives of the operation. The National Action Plan was pursued as the hallmark of this operation.

In the month of February 2017, the terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar launched Operation Ghazi with several suicide attacks across Pakistan. Under the general consensus by some top notch defense analysts, army personnel and general public, these waive of terrorism is secretly funded by Indian secret intelligence agency called RAW. According to media, Jammat-ul-Ahrar claimed the responsibility of these terror attacks and said this is the revenge of Abdul Rashid Ghazi‘s death who was shot dead by Pakistan army in Lal Masjid during Operation Sunrise. Soon Pakistan army’s ISPR announced the la unch of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

On 23 February 2017, at least 45 suspects were arrested in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Joint operations were conducted in Westridge, DhokeHassu and Bakery Chowk area of Cantt. The Frontier Corps (FC) and intelligence agencies foiled a major terror plot near Loralai, Balochistan. The security forces recovered 23 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during the joint targeted operation.

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