Operation Radul Fasaad has completed four years and to share its successes DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar is addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
Pakistan army, on the orders of Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, launched the operation on February 22, 2017 with the strategic intent to normalise the conditions in Pakistan, he remarked.
“We wanted the people to start trusting the nation again and curtail the freedom of expression of anti-Pakistan forces,” he said. Law enforcement agencies can uproot terrorism and extremism only by working together with society.
“All Pakistanis are sepoys of Operation Radul Fasaad,” he said.
Pakistan Army launched the operation when terrorists had started targeting villages, schools, madrassas, places of worship, and business centres. They tried to paralyse the day-to-day affairs of the country.
At the launch of Operation Radul Fasaad, Pakistan Army kept a two-pronged strategy in mind: countering terrorism and countering violent extremism. “An ideology can only be countered by a superior ideology—a superior argument,” he remarked, adding that to achieve this the National Action Plan was implemented, tribal areas were merged with KP, and educational reforms were passed.
Pakistan’s grand strategy in the war against terrorism was: clear, old, build and transfer.
From 2010 to 2017, we worked on the ‘clear and old phase’ which was regaining control of land from terrorists and restoring the writ of the state in merged districts.
Pakistan Army adopted a strategy of ‘build and transfer’ in mind while launching the operation, the spokesperson said. “During this operation, we made our hard-earned gains irreversible.”
The Pakistan Army also focused on the socio-economic upliftment of areas and their development during the operation too.
375,000 IBOs in four years of Operation Radul Fasaad
The Pakistan Army spokesperson said that LEAs including the CTD, FC, Rangers, ISI and MI carried out 375,000 intelligence-based operations from 2017 to 2021.
Here’s the province wise breakdown of the IBOs.
- Punjab: 34,000
- Sindh: 150,000
- Balochistan: 85,000
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 52,000
LEAs also conducted some big and important IBOs too. “We even countered urban terrorism and destroyed their network.” This includes the attack on PC Hotel in Gwadar, the suicide attack near the agriculture university in KP, and the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange and the Chinese consulate in Sindh.
The intelligence agencies made many sacrifices to ensure the country’s security. LEAs received over 5,000 threat alerts and they neutralised most of them.
During the operation, LEAs killed at least 335 terrorists and arrested many more. The LEAs seized 72,000 weapons in operations across the country.
De-mining merged districts
The Pakistan Army has so far de-mined 72 kilometers of area in merged districts. “This is a painstaking and slow procedure,” he remarked.
Pakistan Army lost 2 soldiers during the de-mininig process. 119 more soldiers sustained injuries. Pakistan army has cleared almost 42% of the area.
During the process, Pakistan army has seized 48,000 mines , the spokesperson said.
The Pakistan Army has worked towards increasing its capacity as it continues to fight against terrorist elements in the country. Pakistan army established 58 wings of the FC while 15 more are in process.
The army trained 37,000 policemen, and is in the process of training an additional 4,000 policemen for deploying in the merged districts.
It also has trained at least 3065 levies.