RAWALPINDI: Law enforcement agencies, with the assistance of Pakistan Army, have launched an operation against terrorists and hardcore criminals in areas of southern Punjab.
“Coordinated operations are underway against terrorists and hardened criminals by law enforcement agencies including Rangers, Punjab police, CTD , assisted by Pakistan army in southern Punjab”, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Wednesday.
The statement added that the terrorists have fled from different parts of the country as a result of operation Zarb-i-Azb, and have taken refuge in the remote areas of Rohjan, Kache in district Rahim Yar Khan.
The operation comes in the wake of the horrific Gulshan-i-Iqbal park suicide attack in Lahore, which killed at least 72 people including women and children.
The confirmation of coordinated operation by civil and military authorities suggested that standoff between the government and army on how to pursue operation in Punjab is now over.
The deadlock appears to be ended after a recent flurry of high-level exchanges between the civil and military leadership.
Earlier this week, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met COAS General Raheel Sharif to discuss the Punjab operation.