Dozens of suspected militants killed across Pakistan

Dozens of suspected militants killed across Pakistan

Dozens of suspected militants killed across Pakistan

Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made. Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed forces, posted a tweet on Saturday saying as part of the combing operations, the border is closed and no movement from Afghanistan is allowed into Pakistan.

Afghanistan and Pakistan often accuse each other of harboring militants who operate across the porous border between the two countries. "I appeal to these refugees not to be used and identify those black sheep among them who facilitate terrorists and terrorist activities", he stated while talking to journalists.

The military campaign, though not yet confirmed by Pakistan military and government, has evoked strong condemnation by Afghanistan, as local authorities reported civilians were injured and hundreds fled their houses.

Since, Pakistan has sealed two border routes leading to Afghanistan - one in Torkham and one in Chaman border - which has affected bilateral trade.

The cross-border strike by Pakistan has reportedly hit camps of Jamaat ul Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and an ally of the ISKP.

Three security officials say the overnight raids also led to the arrest of 47 suspects, including some in Sindh province where the attack on the shrine happened the previous day.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. A total of eight terror suspects were killed in operations in Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu, both in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and another four were killed in Orakzai tribal area south of Peshawar.

Imdad Hussain, journalist specializing on foreign affairs, issues of terrorism, and Afghanistan, and Tayyab Baloch, Islamabad-based writer at Katehon, and reporter at Abb Takk TV, commented on the issue. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar provincial governor, said he welcomed any operation, including the one carried out by Pakistan, against terrorist camps but said "on a provincial level there wasn't any kind of coordination with us".

The Islamic State took responsibility and on Friday and Sartaj Aziz called Afghanistan's National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar to complain of inaction against Pakistani insurgents operating on its territory.

Ghani, meanwhile, condemned the shrine attack.

The Islamic State group, claiming responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, said it targeted a "Shiite gathering".

The suicide attack was carried out on Thursday at Pakistan's packed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh province. The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan's Shiite minority in the past.

The Sehwan shrine, which reveres Muslim Sufi mystic, is frequented by the faithful of many sects of Islam but the majority of the worshippers are usually Shiite Muslims.

The military did not specify who was on the list, but it has long claimed that the head of Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, and other militants are hiding on Afghan soil with the objective to foment violence inside Pakistan.

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