Security forces in Punjab arrested 198 terrorists in combing operation from December 2014 to August 11, 2016, according to police. Police nabbed 198 terrorists belonging to banned organisations from different cities across Punjab during the period.

Nine al Qaeda terrorists were arrested, of whom five were caught in Lahore and four in DG Khan. 13 of the arrested terrorists belonged to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

176 of the terrorists caught were from Lashkar-e-Jahngvi, the most from any organisation. 94 of these were arrested in Bahawalpur.

No terrorist from Daesh (IS) was arrested in Punjab, the police said.

Earlier this month, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that combing operations will be conducted till terrorists are arrested and their hideouts eliminated.

Following the deadly attack at Quetta’s Civil Hospital, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had ordered special combing operations, authorising intelligence agencies to go anywhere in the country and target those linked with the terror acts.\