Operation Zarb-e-Azb: 1st July Developments

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Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, Terrorism, TTP, Zarb-e-Azb

Military Forces discovered a large IED-making plant in Miranshah area of NWA on the seventeenth day of the offensive.

DG ISPR Asim Bajwa told delegation of foreign media reporters that troops recovered 225 cylinders of explosive materials, each weighing 80 to 100 kilograms from the IED-making plant along with a large quantity of IED-materials and a physical training facility.

He further said that over 150 incomplete cylinders meant for manufacturing landmines, 10 anti-tank landmines, 700 pipes filled with explosive material, training literature and equipment for physical training and welding were also seized during ground operation in Miranshah.

He also called upon the Afghan Govt to take steps for arresting Mullah Fazlullah, chief of the TTP and to dismantle sanctuaries of the TTP on Afghan soil.

Meanwhile, two security personnel were martyred and another injured in gun attack in Mirali tehsil of NWA. According to officials, the attack took place in Mirali tehsil where a vehicle, carrying security personnel from Khajuri checkpost to Miranshah, came under militants attack near bypass.

Since the start of the operation, 376 terrorists have been killed while 19 terrorists have surrendered to the security forces – 61 terrorist’shideouts have been destroyed in the operation – 19 Soldiers have embraced martyrdom during the operation.

PM: Operation will continue till elimination of all terrorists

PM Nawaz Sharif said that the military offensive ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ was being carried out in NWA with full vigour and it will be continued indiscriminately till elimination of all the local and foreign terrorists.

He expressed these views during his meeting with PAF Chief Air Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt.

Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board appeals to militants to surrender arms

The Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board on Monday made a compassionate appeal to the armed militants, working under the Taliban, to surrender arms.

Over 300 scholars of Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board appealed to top Taliban leaders to persuade their factions to give up arms. The Ulema said Islam is the religion of peace and it preaches tolerance and brotherhood.

FDMA to start registration of unregistered IDPs

Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) will start registration of those IDPs from NWA in different areas of KPK who have not been registered so far, in the next two days. About 30,000 individuals will be registered in this next phase

Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said in a handout that 37,757 families consisting of 466,287 individuals were registered at the registration points at Saidgai in FR of Bannu.

3 persons including IDPs injured in Bannu

Two IDPs were injured, as well as a police officer, when a scuffle broke out at a ration centre outside Bannu on Monday.

Sindh’s nationalist parties have expressed concern over the arrival of IDPs to Sindh

Sindh’s nationalist parties have expressed concern over the arrival of IDPs from NWA to different parts of Sindh. They believe that the IDPs will not only increase the social and economic burden, but will also disturb the demographics of Sindh.

Other Developments

Secretary Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that a new ‘foolproof security plan’ for Karachi airport had been prepared. He said that the PM also released funds of Rs 6 billion for the new plan and also gave approval for induction of five hundred employees to beef up security at the airport.

Meanwhile, a restructuring of the ASF is likely to happen, following recent attack on airports in Karachi and Peshawar. According to sources, the DG of ASF will now be of a major general rank, while the deputy DG will be of a brigadier rank.

Furthermore, the army will train ASF personnel and they will also be provided APCs for patrolling on runways.

Reported by: Fahad Nabeel and Khoulah Afzal

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