‘Terrorists on the run, command, control system crippled’

NSC resolves to eliminate terrorism on long-term basis

ISLAMABAD: Director General Military Operations Major General Amir Riaz briefed the political leadership during the National Security Conference about the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb and the status of objectives achieved so far.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting of NSC, comprising heads and representatives of all major political parties in National Assembly and the military leadership, here at the PM House Saturday.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and DG-ISI Lt. Gen Muhammad Zahirul Islam and DG ISPR Maj. General Asim Saleem Bajwa also attended the conference.

Participants of the conference were informed about the areas cleared by the armed forces during operation Zarb-e-Azb. The conference was also told that the terrorists are on the run and their command and control system had been crippled.

The meeting was briefed that that during the operation and to handle the blowback of operation Zarb-e-Azb requisite legal and constitutional cover has been given to Pakistan Army wherever it was required.

It was noted with pleasure that the whole nation including political parties had rejected terrorists and their ideology.

Discussion in the conference was frank, candid and held in a cordial atmosphere. Representatives of all political and religious parties agreed that state has to fight and eliminate militancy.

There was absolute unanimity of views on the need to evolve a strategy to eliminate terrorism on long term basis. The meeting also agreed to work to address extremism.

The whole meeting paid tribute to the valiant armed forces for successful operation and their achievements so far. Tribute was also paid to the brave tribal brethren for their sacrifices and love for Pakistan.

The meeting was apprised that through coordinated efforts of armed forces, financing of terror outfits is being blocked. It was also stated that adequate resources are being mobilized for management of IDPs and they will not be abandoned at all costs.

Government has also planned a comprehensive strategy for the rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs.

The meeting especially emphasized on the development work and ultimate resettlement and reconstruction in the entire FATA.

The meeting was informed that stated policy of the armed forces during operation Zarb-e-Azb is to ensure no collateral damage and to protect the life and property of innocent civilians. The need for capacity building of LEAs, greater coordination to deny any terrorist entry in the mainland was stressed.

Participants of the meeting showed satisfaction over IDPs management and advised the government to consider taking steps for providing more resources for the IDPs. They agreed that armed forces are conducting Operation Zarb-e-Azb successfully and thanked the government for taking the political leadership of the country into confidence through this brief. INP/DNA

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