Operation launched along Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency: ISPR


The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced the launch of an operation along the Pak-Afghan border in Rajgal valley Tuesday (today).

“An operation has been launched along the Pak-Afghan border to reinforce troop deployment in Rajgal valley to effectively check and guard against terrorists movement along high mountains and all weather passes in Khyber Agency,” the statement on their Facebook Page said, followed by a tweet.

Rajgal valley is located in northern Tirah in Khyber Agency.

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The statement comes after Army chief General Raheel Sharif said that all efforts would be committed to ensuring peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan border.

Further, he said stability along the Pak-Afghan border remained the army’s priority and all efforts would be committed for it.

Earlier this month, Pakistan opened a gate at Torkham, one of the busiest crossing points between the two countries and used by 15,000-20,000 people and hundreds of vehicles daily.

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Clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces over the construction of the border gate left four soldiers dead on both sides, including Frontier Corp’s Major Ali Jawad Changezi.

Work on the construction of the gate and allied facilities began in 2014, but Afghan reservations over border regulation kept causing delays.

Further south in Balochistan, Pakistan also completed a 500-kilometre long trench along the porous border to stop the movement of smugglers, militants and other anti-social elements.

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