Pakistani Rangers on October 22 killed at least eight militants in a pre-dawn operation in southern Karachi. According to security officials, Pakistani Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) jointly raided a militants’ hideout in Karachi’s Baldia Town area and killed eight militants.
The officials have confirmed that five militant died on the spot, while others died before they were brought to the hospital. They also said that three security officials received bullet injuries during operation. According to security officials, one of the killed militants has been identified as Sheharyar-ud Din aka Abdullah Hashmi, who is believed to be the commander of Al-Qaeda affiliated group Ansar-ul-Sharia.
The Al-Qaeda inspired terror organization has been running its operations from the port city of Karachi. According to the security officials, the group has recently tried to assassinate opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan. Praising Pakistan Army’s effort in eliminating the menace of terror from country’s soil and dismissing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comment, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan is not a safe haven for terrorists.
Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Mr Tillerson visited Islamabad on October 24 as part of his trip to the Middle East and South Asia. In his maiden visit to Islamabad, Mr Tillerson said that Pakistan remains a safe haven for militants and it should increase its effort to eliminate terrorists and their organisation’s operation from its soil.
Dismissing the statement, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that the U.S. assessment about Pakistan is wrong. He said that terrorists are not carrying out their operations from Pakistan’s soil. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad later clarified that Mr Tillerson reiterated President Trump’s message, who requested Pakistan to do more to eliminate terrorism from its soil.