‘Zarb-i-Azb an indiscriminate operation’: Bajwa briefs media on counter-terrorism efforts

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RAWALPINDI: Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa while briefing the media on progress made during Zarb-i-Azb said the operation was an indiscriminate one.

“The salient operational guidelines for Zarb-i-Azb were that it would be an indiscriminate operation, it would avoid collateral damage and it would be mindful of human rights,” Bajwa said.

“In 2014, the security environment when Operation Zarb-i-Azb started was such that the country faced various instances of terrorism,” he said. “There were 311 IED blasts, 74 attacks, and 26 suicide blasts in 2014.”

The DG ISPR displayed a map showing what he claimed was the concentration of terrorists in North Waziristan.

Map presented by DG ISPR Asim Bajwa showing concentration of terrorists in North Waziristan.
Map presented by DG ISPR Asim Bajwa showing concentration of terrorists in North Waziristan.

“No one could think of going to North Waziristan. It was the epicentre [of terrorism]. It was home to the largest communications infrastructure,” he said. The origin of most instances of terrorism was North Waziristan, he said.

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