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Operation Zarb-e-Azb decided after Karachi airport attack: DG-ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Karachi Airport attack declared ‘game changer’ for Pakistan when negotiations were underway with militants at that time, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) said on Thursday.

DG-ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the militant-held tribal areas was decided after dreadful attack on Karachi Airport on June 8, 2014, killing at least 36 people including 10 attackers while 18 were wounded.

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ISPR spokesperson said that the terrorism attack was thwarted at Karachi airport. He said that the government tried to take benefits through dialogues with the militants but later decided to hold intense operation after Karachi airport incident.

Bajwa said Pakistan military got significant achievement during Operation Zarb-e-Azb in Waziristan and all terrorism spots were destroyed before occurrence of any mishap.

Command and control system of militants was completely destroyed during military operation in tribal areas. He said that Taliban militants have established communication system in North Waziristan while South Waziristan was also a stronghold of Taliban militants.

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Effective operation was underway in Khyber Agency against militant groups that were providing shelter for Taliban insurgents, Bajwa said. He claimed that the militants have large ammunition  of weapons and local-made bombs in Khyber Agency. He said that several bomb factories running under control of Taliban insurgents were seized during the operation.

He admitted that Taliban insurgents were in contact with terrorists’ groups in Afghanistan and the NATO-led security mission International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had been informed by Pakistan that terrorists could enter in Afghanistan.

He said that the militants were now facing actions in few areas by ISAF underway in Afghanistan.