Operation launched against ‘militants all over Punjab’

ISLAMABAD: An operation has been launched against militants in all over Punjab, Waqt News reported.

The operation has been initiated following the order of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif. The decision to launch the operation in Punjab was taken after a high level military meeting at GHQ.

According to the latest reports the house of Mohammad Yousaf, the suicide bomber in yesterday’s Lahote attack, in Muzafargarh has been surrounded by security agencies. Two-kilometer area around the house been sealed by police. Around 400 security personnel have been called to Muzaffargarh.

Sources confirm that intelligence agencies, Rangers and army conducted five operations last night. “The operation has been launched in Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot. It will be expanded with time,” sources revealed. A number of militants and their facilitators have been arrested in the operations.

Waqt News reveals that militants have been arrested from Nandipur near Gujranwala and Sialkot bypass. Meanwhile, two militants have been arrested with heavy weapons from Laki Marwat Road, Sargodha, along with heavy weapons. Reports claim that they were trying to enter Punjab.

Furthermore, according to Waqt News reports hideouts of Chhotu Gang and and other banned miltant organizations have been raided.

According to Reuters, the authorities are hunting breakaway Taliban militants who once declared loyalty to ISIS after the group claimed responsibility for last night’s Easter suicide bomb targeting Christians that killed 72 people.

The attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Iqbal Town area of Lahore, the powerbase of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, killed mostly women and children as families enjoyed the Easter weekend outing.

Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than 2 million.

Yesterday’s suicide bombing was the deadliest attack in Pakistan since the December 2014 APS massacre, which killed 134 schoolchildren prompting a government crackdown on Islamist militancy, and the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP).

“We must bring the killers of our innocent brothers, sisters and children to justice and will never allow these savage inhumans to over-run our life and liberty,” military spokesman Asim Bajwa said in a post on Twitter. PR