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Security forces launch operation along Pak-Afghan border

Rawalpindi, August 16 (Online): Security forces have launched an operation along Pak-Afghan border.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the operation is aimed at re-enforcing troops deployment in Rajgal valley to effectively check and guard against terrorists movement along high mountains and all-weather passes in Khyber Agency.

North Waziristan and Khyber Agency are among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.

These areas have also been considered to be safe home for extremist organisations, including Al Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Military operations Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan were launched in the area against insurgents following attacks on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and Peshawar’s Army Public School in 2014.

The number of terrorist attacks in Pakistan has fallen around 70 percent this year, due to the combination of the military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy.