ISLAMABAD    -   Operation Rad-ul-Fasad (RuF), launched in Feb­ruary 2017 under the able leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Qamar Javed Ba­jwa helped the coun­try root out terrorism and achieve the desired goals when it comes to internal security. It was through trust of the nation and profes­sionalism of the Armed Forces that Pakistan successfully defeated the menace. 

Pakistani nation has paid a huge price to eradicate terrorism from the country as the Pak Army fought this menace bravely. More than 80,000 fatalities are the cost but the war on terror also proved the great resilience of the nation. In order to eliminate the “resid­ual/latent threat of terrorism”, consolidating the gains made in other military operations and further ensuring the security of the country’s borders, Pakistan Army continue to render sacri­fices. The Army’s contributions under the operation involves playing a critical role in imple­mentation of National Action Plan, mainstreaming of erst­while FATA and controlling ex­tremism by taking part in the government’s reforms.

During the operation RuF, the total combing operations/IBOs were 222,836 all over the coun­try. Around 72,364 weapons were recovered while 5.029 mn pieces of ammunition was re­covered. During the operation, a total of 217, 702 combing opera­tions / IBOs / ADOs / ASOs were conducted and 80,228 weapons and 7.01m pieces of ammo were recovered. In pursuit of creating a secure environment, the Army suffered 24,530 casualties in NMDs since 2001 including 5,460 Shaheed and 19,070 in­jured. Whereas, since 2017, 291 Shaheed and 647 all ranks have been wounded in Balochistan. In pursuit of creating a secure environment, the Army suffered 26,677 casualties in KP and Ba­lochistan including 6,074 Sha­heed and 20,603 injured where­as 12,914 terrorists were killed since 2009. It was through trust of the nation and profession­alism of the Armed Forces that Pakistan successfully defeated the menace of terrorism. 

Pakistan’s war against terror­ism and the improvement in the overall internal security para­digm are success stories which created a safe environment for foreign investments. Undoubt­edly, a safe and secure environ­ment provides confidence to in­vestors and boosts the tourism industry. Pakistan Army also re­mained a linchpin behind de­veloping a consensus-based counter-terrorism narrative document signed by thousands of Pakistani Islamic scholars, which disapproved of the mil­itant groups extremist ideolo­gy and defined their brutal acts, including suicide attacks, as against the basic doctrine of Is­lam. 

Pakistan, due to the efforts of Pakistan Army, has near­ly completed the fencing of the 2,600-km-long Afghan border which is aimed at stopping un­checked cross-border move­ment which fanned both ter­rorism and smuggling since security of the people is the top priority of the Pakistan Army. Around 94 percent of the fenc­ing has been completed along the Western Border. The Afghan border fencing is done in an ef­fort to protect the people on both sides as well as to regulate trade. The fence on the Pak-Af­ghan border was needed to reg­ulate security, border crossing and trade. The purpose of this is not to divide the people, but to protect them. Pakistan Army also played a cardinal role in post-US withdrawal manage­ment in Afghanistan, by playing an important role in signing of Doha agreement and beefing up security on Western Border. Se­quel to hasty withdrawal of in­ternational forces from Afghan­istan, maximum facilitation was extended to the evacuation pro­cess; commenced from 15 Au­gust 2o21. The country allowed landing of 266 internation­al flights to / from Kabul and also permitted 181 flights. As­sistance in transit of 13,737 for­eign nationals belonging to 31 countries from Kabul was pro­vided and in addition, facilitat­ed transit of 5,09,168 persons and the process still continues on a reduced scale. 

The Pak Army also facilitated approval of regulatory frame­work along with development of required infrastructure in 2021 for facilitation and se­curity of Zaireen visiting Iran. Marking of Wakhan Border area through Army funding in syn­chronization with Survey of Pa­kistan was also made possible.

Introduced in 2009 to de-radi­calize and remove psychological burden of surrendered individ­uals, so as to make them useful members of the society, 2670 in­dividuals were successfully re­integrated in the society in the last 5 years (5372 since 2009). Success of the programme is ev­ident from the fact that Pakistan has one of the lowest recidivism rates worldwide.

Pakistan in the interest of re­gional security has always pro­fessed negotiated political set­tlement in Afghanistan also acceptable to people of Afghan­istan, professed an effective CT mechanism to prevent use of Afghanistan soil against other / neighbouring countries and led the diplomatic effort to fa­cilitate humanitarian support and a positive interface with the global community. Pakistan Army also facilitated the pro­cess by providing institution­al input and assistance in the conduct of visits by foreign and domestic delegations / media persons to the LoC to witness first-hand the adverse effects of Indian forces and sentiments of locals especially in Post abroga­tion of Article 370 in IIOJK.