Pakistan Army on Thursday conducted targeted strikes across the Afghan border killing two high-profile terrorists affiliated with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, according to security sources.

Those killed included Wajihullah alias Ahrar, who was sponsored by a hostile intelligence agency for terrorist activities in Pakistan, security sources said. He was mastermind of recent suicide attack in Lahore and earlier incidents in Punjab, they added.

On February 13, at least 14 people, including senior police officers, were martyred when a suicide bomber detonated himself near Lahore’s Charing Cross, where hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.

Another key figure, Hikmat alias Qari Zubair, was in-charge of terrorist transit camp in Afghanistan and coordinator with a hostile intelligence agency for terrorist operation in Pakistan, sources said.

Of late, Pakistani military has conducted multiple surgical strikes on terrorist sanctuaries across the Pak-Afghan border, following a week of deadly terrorist attacks in the country in which over 100 people were killed. The strikes left scores of terrorists dead, who were attempting to regroup.

The first such strikes were conducted on Friday, hours after Afghan embassy officials were summoned to the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, where they were handed over a list of 76 terrorists orchestrating terrorist activities in Pakistan from Afghan soil.

Earlier this week, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke over the phone to US General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan conveying his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan, a statement from Inter Services Public Relations read.

“Most of the incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with leadership hiding in Afghanistan,” the army chief told Nicholson.

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