More than 100 ‘militants’ killed in intelligence-based operations, claims ISPR

The military’s media wing on Friday evening claimed to have killed more than 100 suspected militants in intelligence-based operations carried out by security forces across the country, including Punjab, in the past 24 hours.

“The intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind the recent terrorism incidents,” read a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations.

In its statement, the military claimed that it had found linkages to militant support networks operating from across the border.

“The border has been closed since last night due to security reasons. No cross-border or unauthorised entry will be allowed into Pakistan from Afghanistan,” read the statement.

Security forces have been given special orders to maintain strict vigilance all along the border, it added.

“Army is for security of people of Pakistan against all types of threat. Nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces. We shall not let the hostile agenda succeed whatever it may cost,” the army chief was quoted as saying.

Looking to have run short of patience in the face of a new wave of terror, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared an ‘all out war’ on Pakistan’s ‘enemies’.

In an unusually strong-worded statement, the premier directed and authorised armed forces and law enforcement agencies to eliminate the enemy – whether it be inside the country or ‘coming from outside’ of it – with the full force of the state.

Informed official sources said the PM chaired separate meetings in Islamabad, Sehwan and Nawabshah where security measures after deadly blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine were reviewed.