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Country paid heavy price for eradicating militancy : Pak Army

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Press Trust of India Islamabad
Over 81,000 people, including security personnel, have either been killed or injured and the country's economy suffered a USD 300 billion loss in the war against terror since 9/11, the Pakistani Army said, and claimed that there is no organised terror infrastructure present in Pakistan.
Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told the media that Pakistan had come a long way in its fight against militancy.
"Pakistan paid heavy price to eradicate organised militancy from the country. We paid the price for this. Over 81,000 Pakistanis, including personnel of the armed forces, were either killed artyred or injured. The overall impact on the Pakistan's economy amounted to over USD 300 billion in losses," he said.
"Today, we can say with conviction, evidence and logic that there is no organised terrorist infrastructure present in Pakistan," he added.
Ghafoor said Pakistan carried out 1,237 kinetic operations since 9/11, while about 100,000 intelligence-based operations were carried out across the country.
He said, in these operations, a total of 17,531 terrorists have been killed and about 450 tons of explosives were recovered in addition to recovery of weapons.
Ghafoor said Pakistan was playing role in rooting out terrorism and militancy and also helping other countries.
He said Pakistan had intelligence sharing cooperation with 70 countries.
The DGISPR also said disturbance on the country's eastern border was a distraction and many times attention was diverted in the middle of kinetic operations against militants.
He said that there was foreign influence in Afghanistan since the last 40 years; first with Russian forces and then with coalition forces led by the US.
Ghafoor said that post-1979 regional political situation including in countries like Afghanistan and Iran played a role in creating jihadi culture and sectarian tension.
He said Pakistan's fight against militancy was complex as international powers wanted it to formulate polices to suit their agenda.
He said apart from use of force, legal measures were taken by setting up military courts to deal with militants.

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 9:45 PM IST

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