ISLAMABAD - ISPR Director General Asim Bajwa has said that phenomenal successes have been achieved during the one and a half year of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Bajwa said Pakistan Army killed 3,400 terrorists and destroyed 837 hideouts from where they had been carrying out their activities since the launch of the military operation.

During the past 18 months, over 13,200 intelligence-based operations were carried out across the country in which 183 terrorists were killed and over 21,000 arrested, he revealed.

Some 488 valiant officers and men of Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, and Sindh Rangers sacrificed their lives while 1,914 were injured.

“Support of the entire nation for its valiant armed forces and the resolve expressed against terrorism after the last year December 16 Army Public School attack has been the bedrock for the operation Zarb-e-Azb,” the ISPR DG added.

“Total 11 military courts were established. Of the 142 cases referred to them, 55 cases have been decided while 87 are in process and 31 hardcore terrorists have so far been convicted,” he added.

He said improvement in security and law and order in the country owed to the operation Zarb-e-Azb. Festivities and national events were celebrated while stability was being achieved.

He said last pockets close to the Pak-Afghan border were being cleared as terrorists’ backbone had been broken. The armed forces had dismantled their main infrastructure and largely disrupted their nexus with sleeper cells, he added. The intelligence-based operations would continue to eliminate remaining sleeper cells of militants, he asserted.

Pakistan Army launched the operation Zarb-e-Azb on June 15 after militants, following a brazen attack on Karachi’s international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.