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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army has kicked off a large-scale crackdown on banned militant groups across Punjab.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif chaired a meeting at army headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
Sources said the army chief directed military to start a massive crackdown in different cities of Punjab to flush out militants of banned organizations and break their financial network.
Army already started their operation following Sunday’s suicide blast that killed more than 70 people and left over 300 wounded.
Director General ISPR, Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said the meeting reviewed progress of operation in Punjab to nab terrorists in the aftermath of Lahore blast.
He said intelligence agencies with army and Rangers carried out five operations in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan since last night.
“Operations continue with more leads coming… Number of suspect terrorists and facilitators arrested and huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered,” he further said on Twitter.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while chairing a meeting, ordered police and counter terrorism department to kick off a large-scale operation to eliminate hideouts of banned organizations in South Punjab’s Kacha (riverbed) area.