Islamabad: Pakistan killed five terrorists and destroyed three militant hideouts of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam and Daesh (ISIS) in Khyber Agency near Afghanistan in an operation late last night, Geo TV reported.
The operation was in retaliation for the suicide attack on the shrine of Lal Shabaz Qalandar in the Punjab province last Thursday that killed 88 people.
Pakistan’s armed forces’ communication agency today confirmed last night’s operation but only said the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) killed “many” terrorists and “destroyed” their hideouts in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency.
“PAF engaged terrorists’ concentration late last night in Rajgal area, Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan. Many terrorists killed. Hideout destroyed,” said a statement from Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations.
Since Thursday’s attack, in a 24-hour period, “more than 100 terrorists” were killed and many others were arrested across the country, including in the Punjab province, the BBC quoted armed forces spokesman Asif Ghafoor as saying last week.
Yesterday, Dawn reported that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has empowered the country’s Army to act against terrorists across the border and ‘wherever they might be’. This Sharif directive reportedly came after Pakistan obtained “concrete evidence that Afghan soil had been used to launch recent acts of terrorism in the country”.
Pakistan earlier this week gave Afghanistan the names of 76 terrorists to Afghanistan, Dar added. The Pakistan army also summoned Afghan diplomats to its headquarters, demanding action against Afghanistan-based militants involved in carrying out attacks in Pakistan, The News International reported.
Afghanistan hit back against Pakistan’s blame game by giving it a list of 85 Taliban and Haqqani network militants and their 32 hideouts in Pakistan.