Mujeebur Rehman, the martyred Colonel in operation, was a resident of Bunji in District Astore of Gilgit Baltistan. He left a widow, three sons and a daughter as his survivors, the ISPR told the media.
According to the media wing of the military, the operation was launched against terrorists who were hiding out near Tank area of DI Khan. The operation was conducted on confirmed intelligence reports, the ISPR added.
Col. Mujeeb Ur Rehman embraces shahadat.
Security Forces (SF) foiled a major terrorist attack in DI Khan. On confirmed intelligence about planned terrorist attack,
SF conducted an IBO on terrorist Hideout near Tank,During operation two terrorists (high value targets) killed#ISPR pic.twitter.com/s2IlbIPj98
— Pakistan Armed Forces News 🇵🇰 (@PakistanFauj) March 9, 2020
“As soon as troops cordoned the area, terrorists opened fire. During operation, two terrorists were killed. In intense exchange of fire, Colonel Mujeebur Rehman embraced martyrdom,” the ISPR said, adding that, “During sanitization operation, a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from terrorist hideout,”.
The Tank operation is continuation of Operation Radd ul Fasad of Pakistan Army which was initiated by COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa in 2017 to thwart terrorism from the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded the efforts and struggles of the armed forces over the conduct of successful operation by security forces for conducting a successful operation in Tank area of Ex-FATA. The PM also paid tribute to the martyred colonel Mujeeb Ur Rahman and said that the nation is cognizant of the sacrifices that Pakistan Armed Forces has made for the nation.
COAS reiterates that army is ready to thwart any threats
The chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaffirms that the Pakistan Army was ready to curb any kid of threat. The Chief of Army Staff said,” The Operation Radd ul Fasad is successfully being carried out by brave soldiers of Pakistan Army and the sacrifices made by army are for the greater cause of bringing peace to the country”.
Pakistan Army’s successful Operations against terrorism
Pakistan has launched wide range of military offensive campaign against non-state actors. It includes operation Rah-e-Haq (2007), operation Sher Dil (2008), operation Rah-e-Rast (2009), operation Rah-e-Nijat (2009), operation Koh-e-Sufaid (2011), Operation Zarb-e-Azab (2014), and operation Rad-ul-Fasad. In operation Zarb-e-Azab, the army made land and air strikes over the hideouts and sanctuaries of terrorists in North Waziristan. This operation was made without differentiating of good and bad Taliban to end this calamity from the country.
As a result of this operation, Pakistan wiped out all organized groups of terrorists and more than one million people became internally displaced people (IDPs). Furthermore, to sustain the successful results of operation Zarb-e-Azab, the army started operation Radd ul Fasad which is still continued in the country with full spirit. It is targeted based operation spreading all over the country. Pakistani people and the army has given many sacrifices in these aforementioned operations. These have jolted down our economy but Pakistan did it to fulfill her responsibilities in the war against terrorism.