QUETTA - At least 29 militants were killed in an operation led by Frontier Constabulary (FC) throughout Balochistan against insurgency and terrorism.
This was revealed by FC DIG Brig Tahir and Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti, addressing a press conference in Quetta. The FC operation in Mastung and Kalat districts of Balochistan left 20 militants dead and several injured while hideouts of terrorists were also destroyed. A number of commanders were gunned down by the security agencies while dozens were arrested. Four FC personnel were wounded in the operation.
Six militants were arrested in a crackdown against Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) in the Mushkay area of Quetta. The operation was also conducted in Zhob, Loralai and Ziarat districts where eight terrorists, including two suicide bombers, were killed. “Five hideouts of the militants were destroyed in the operations,” Brig Tahir said.
The FC DIG said 1,350kg explosive material had been recovered from Qilla Abdullah. He said two suicide bombers blew themselves up during the operation. He stated the scope of the operation was being broadened. Chemical drums and other explosives were also found in possession of militants during the successful operations.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the government would restore law and order in the province at all costs. He asserted the operations against terrorists were going on as per the National Action Plan. He asked terrorists to surrender before the law or be ready to face the music.
The FC DIG said it was another achievement as the recovery averted wave of terrorism in the province. The FC recovered 12 suicide vests, six RPG-7 rifles, 40 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 12 explosive tunnels, six bombs, 1,359kg fertilizers, 600 litres acid, 5 containers of explosive processing chemical, 4,350kg black and white explosive powder, 6,500 circuit boxes, prima card 2,500 meters, 8,000 meters wire, 480 IED boxes, 630 remote controls, 100 detonator cases and other devices to be used for explosive material. In addition, anti-state and hate literature was also seized.
Referring to a large-scale search operation in Johanm Splenchi and Haboi of Qalat and Mastung, he said the operation was based on specific intelligence reports. He said 3 vehicles and 4 motorcycles laden with explosive material were destroyed in the operation.
The militants killed and arrested were involved in damaging oil tankers of Saindak Project and carrying on attacks on FC men, said Brigadier Tahir. This operation was aimed at securing the RCD highway in view of increasing attacks and other subversive activities of militant elements, said the FC commander.
He told the media persons that during previous weeks the FC also conducted a search operation in Mashkay, Awaran, against the militants belonging to Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), killing one commander and arresting six others. Automatic weapons were also recovered from the possession of the arrested militants. He said these miscreants were involved in the killing of innocent citizens and labourers of Frointer Works Organisation (FWO).
The operation was in progress against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Pushtun-dominated areas, Brig Tahir said. The terrorists belonging to TTP were leaving the settled areas of Balochistan and finding refuge in mountain ranges because of successful strikes against them, he said.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the provincial government and security agencies were working day and night to implement the National Action Plan as per the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The successful operations against miscreants by the FC were carrying a simple message for every terrorist to surrender and become a peaceful citizen of the country. He praised the security agencies for their relentless operations against miscreants and paid tributes to martyrs.
To a question about a political party in the coalition government making harsh statements against FC, he said this was unfortunate and forced all partners in the government to rethink about such parties in the coalition.
Responding to yet another question about the death of innocent men caught in the cross fire said it could never be the policy of the security agencies to damage innocent people.
There were no good or bad Taliban; anyone opposed to peace was a miscreant and must be dealt with accordingly, said the Balochistan home minister. He rejected the presence of ISIS in the province.
A man was killed and four others including Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were injured when a bomb exploded near a security forces vehicle here on Friday.
Police said that the incident occurred near a hotel on Qambrani Road area on the outskirts of the city. The bomb exploded just as a security forces vehicle was passing through the sight. A man was killed on the spot while FC personnel and a passer-by sustained wounds. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment.
Police said that the explosive material was planted in a rickshaw. The blast also damaged four other rickshaws and two buses.
Later, FC officials and CCPO Quetta, Abdul Razzaq Cheema visited the site. The CCPO said that 80 to 100 kilogram explosives were used in the blast.