ISIS has no roots in Fata: military official
LANDIKOTAL: Rejecting rumours about the presence of the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS) fighters in the tribal areas, a senior military official on Monday said that the war against terrorism would continue until the elimination of the last terrorist.
Speaking as a chief guest at the 20th passing-out parade of the Khyber Rifles here, Sector Commander Brigadier Wajid Qayyum Paracha said peace had been restored in the Tirah valley and the Bara tehsil in the Khyber Agency as a result of the sacrifices rendered by civilians and soldiers.
Brigadier Wajid said the security forces were chasing the remaining members of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) in the hilly areas along with the Pak-Afghan border.
He said many hideouts of the militants had been destroyed and hundreds of their fighters killed in fighting.He pointed out that the Khyber Rifles had played a tremendous role in the wars fought against militants in the tribal region.
He asked the newly recruited soldiers to respect local culture and Pakhtun traditions while conducting military action in the area.Speaking on the occasion, Khyber Agency’s Political Agent Syed Shahab Ali Shah said that militants with different identities and groups were the enemies of the country.
He said the Khassadars and Khyber Levies force along with the Pakistan Army had raided the hideouts of the militants and several important TTP commanders were killed and arrested in raids in different areas of Khyber Agency along with LI fighters.
Shahab Ali Shah said 100,000 families had been displaced due to militancy and military operations in Bara and 80,000 of them had been sent back to their villages.He said the political administration would complete the repatriation process till the end of this year.
About the recent audio message of LI chief Mangal Bagh, Shahab Ali Shah said that Mangal Bagh was not in Pakistan as he had fled in the aftermath of the military operation.The official said Mangal Bagh spoke to his fighters through the FM radio based in bordering areas in Afghanistan.
Earlier, Brigadier Wajid Paracha administered oath to 205 newly recruited soldiers who underwent six-month physical training at the army garrison in Landikotal.Khyber Rifles Commandant Col Tariq Hafeez, Assistant Political Agent of Landikotal Nasir Khan, parents of the recruits, students, local elders and other civil and military officials also witnessed the
ceremony held amid tight security.