Pakistan announced the launch of a new military operation against the Islamic state organization near the border with Afghanistan. The Infantry Division, with the support of aviation and artillery, is conducting an offensive in the semi-autonomous Khyber region in the north of the country, Major-General Asif Gafur said, DW reports.
According to the words of the general-major, Pakistan appealed to the Afghan authorities to conduct a similar operation on their side of the border, in the province of Nangarhar, which is the mainstay for the ISIS.
Gafur objected that ISIS has an effective network in Pakistan, but Islamists are strengthening their positions in Afghanistan, although the Islamic State there is still not so powerful as in the Middle East.
Another goal of the operation is to stop uncontrolled movement of people across the border between Nangarhar and Highbury. Afghanistan and Pakistan have long been exchanging accusations of insufficient efforts to fight Islamists in the border regions.