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PML-N Govt believes in people’s socio-economic uplift apolitically: PM

ISLAMABAD,(APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said that the Pakistan Muslim
League-N government at federal level firmly believed in the socio-economic uplift of people across the
country, regardless of any political consideration.
Talking to a delegation of MPAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed by Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha which
called on him at PM Office, the prime minister said the federal government had always supported
democratic principles with an aim to bring about qualitative change in the lives of the people of the
country. Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Advisor to Prime Minister on

Aviation Sardar Mehtab Khan, Advisor Eng Amir Muqam and Minister for Narcotics Lt. Gen (R) Salah-ud-
din Tirmizi were also present during the meeting. The meeting discussed the overall situation of the

province, developmental projects and issues, being faced by the people of the province. Talking about
developmental projects, the prime minister said that federal government had been making every possible
effort to assist the provincial governments and to undertake projects that cater to the needs of the
people, especially in far-flung areas.
The prime minister resolved that the developmental agenda of the PML-N would continue unabated. The
participants also raised before the prime minister various issues concerning their constituencies. Prime
Minister Shahid Abbasi assured the delegation that the federal government would provide every possible
support towards addressing their issues.
He also advised the elected members to reach out to people and play their role to redress their issues.
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Operation Khyber-4 completed, cleansing of terrorist hideouts underway: DG ISPR
RAWALPINDI, Aug 21 (APP): Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Gen Asif
Ghafoor Monday said Operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley had been completed and now sanitization of
the area was underway. “Operation Khyber-4 was launched on July 15, and today it has been
completed. Now only cleansing of the hideouts of terrorists is in progress,” he said this while holding a
press conference here at the ISPR office. Sharing the details, he said during the operation 52 terrorists
were killed, while 31 were arrested. “Technically; this was a well-planned and steady operation. We have
been successful in minimizing their (terrorists) effectiveness,” he said.
During the operation, he said two soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced `Shahadat’, while six were injured.
He said the security forces had recovered around 150 improvised explosive devices (IEds) during the
operation adding that a made in India weapon was also recovered. He said Pakistan Army’s troops with
support of Pakistan Air Force took part in the operation. Director General ISPR informed that around 250
km square area near Rajgal Valley had been cleared. “About 95 per cent of the temporarily displaced
persons (TDPs) have returned to their homes after completion of the operation” he said adding that the
remaining five per cent TDPs had themselves not gone back. He said that around 250 cross-border
attacks from Afghanistan had been thwarted during the current year. He also underlined the need for
FATA reforms, and said Pakistan Army had already conveyed its recommendations in that regard to the
government. He also informed that a terrorist network behind attacking a Sunni mosque in Rawalpindi in
2013 had also been apprehended. He said the terrorists, attacked the mosque of the same sect to which
they belonged. They had been instructed by their handlers to dress in black clothes to give the attack a
sectarian look.
During the press conference the journalists were also shown the statements of the two arrested
terrorists, in which they confessed that they set the place ablaze and opened the fire. DG ISPR stated
that the sectarian conflict was not started from where the state enemies had planned to initiate it. He said
some of the militants tasked with inciting sectarianism in Pakistan were associated with the group of
Kulbhushan Jadav, the self-confessed Indian spy. He also informed that Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz
Sharif was the actual target of July 24 suicide attack near Arfa Karim IT Park, Lahore. “According to our
investigation, Chief Minister Punjab was the
real target of that attack. After failing to target him they (terrorists) changed their plan and attacked the
police,” he added. He said the perpetrators of the attack had been apprehended, however their identity
was not being revealed at this time. DG ISPR said there was no organized infrastructure of any terrorist
organization in Pakistan. He said law and order in Karachi had improved a lot due to the ongoing
operation adding that during the continuing year just one incident of terrorism took place in the city. He

said in the province of Punjab, Punjab Rangers conducted 1,728 intelligence based operations (IBOs),
while 2620 check posts were established. To a question, he ruled out any civilian-military divide in the
country, stating that difference of opinion was part of the statecraft but that should not be labelled as a
rift. “Difference of opinion can exist, but that does not mean there is a divide between the two,” he
maintained. Replying to another question, he said that India wanted to label the ongoing freedom
movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir as terrorism adding that the struggle of freedom in Kashmir was
internationally-recognized.
To a query regarding Dawn Leaks he said that it was the prerogative of the government to open an
inquiry into it or any other matter it deemed. If the government makes the report public, Pakistan Army
will have no objection to that, he said. Responding to another query, he said General (R) Pervez
Mushrraf had 40 years of experience in Pakistan Army so if he comments (on security-related issues) as
Ex-Army Chief then it is his experience.
But he is also a politician, and his statements on political issues are in his personal capacity, he added.

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