A leading Pakistani newspaper reports that army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa might visit Iran in the coming days to address reservations of Iran over the controversial military alliance. It says Pakistan has traditionally maintained a delicate balance in its relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia, which have serious differences on Syria and Yemen. Iran believes that the Saudi-led coalition is not meant for fighting terrorism. Officials have said Pakistan has clearly told Saudi Arabia that its participation would be strictly for the purpose of fighting terrorism and that it would not become part of any campaign against any other country, including Iran. Opposition parties including the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are also skeptical of Gen Raheel’s role in the Saudi alliance.
At least five militants were killed and two soldiers martyred on Wednesday during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) conducted by Frontier Corps (FC) in OrakzaiAgency. A high-profile militant identified as Durran was also killed in the operation. He was involved in a number of terrorist activities and was sent from Afghanistan with the task to target a Nauroz procession in the agency and individuals who surrendered to security forces, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
At least 12 suspected terrorists were reportedly killed in air strikes in the Rajgal valley area of Khyber Agency on Sunday. According to security sources several hideouts were also destroyed in the air strikes. Pakistan Air Force jets precisely targeted militant hideouts in Rajgal valley in which 12 militants were killed and several hideouts were destroyed’, confirmed security officials. Khyber Agency and North Waziristan are among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.