Pakistan urges Afghanistan to capitalise on success of Zarb-e-Azb

Published: July 8, 2016
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Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan July 1, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan July 1, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday urged Afghanistan to capitalise on the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb while inviting the international community to unite in its efforts to combat terrorism.

Addressing the media in Islamabad, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, commented on the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan along with other concerted operations in the country, while expressing gratitude to the international community for acknowledging Pakistan’s efforts in eradicating terrorism.

490 soldiers, 3,500 militants killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb so far: DG ISPR

“We expect that as we intensify our efforts to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan, they will also capitalise on the dividends of these counter-terrorism operations to facilitate this process,” he said.

Responding to a question on pertaining to the upcoming Nato Summit in Warsaw, Aziz said, “This summit is taking place under the long shadows of terrorism, turmoil and continuing conflicts.”

“Within the last week alone, we have seen major terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Terrorism could only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community,” he added.

McCain ‘very impressed’ by Zarb-e-Azb successes

Last week, Senator John McCain, Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, led a four-member bipartisan, high-powered US Senate delegation, on an unprecedented visit to North Waziristan Agency where he praised Pakistan’s ‘enormous successes’ in its counterterrorism campaign, saying he was “very impressed with the progress [on the ground]”.

This was the first time that a US delegation, which also included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Joseph Donnelly and Senator Benjamin Sasse, travelled to the tribal agency, which was effectively run by Taliban militants and their foreign cohorts until the Pakistan Army launched a massive operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Azb, against them in June 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • sk
    Jul 8, 2016 - 4:02PM

    What is that success? You innocent people are still dying & now you have expanded the roots to KSA & Germany.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Jul 8, 2016 - 4:22PM

    Defeat terrorism you said Mr.Sartaj Aziz?
    Well… It’s easy. Just stop exporting them from Quetta and Peshawar. Close those Madrassas in Peshawar and Quetta and terrorism will be defeated within 1 week. Very clean and simple.

    Specially don’t fund them like you funded 300 Million on a KPK Madrassa few weeks ago. That fund should have been invested on a school or university, not on a Madrassa to produce more terrorists.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Jul 8, 2016 - 5:35PM

    And he speaks again !!!! He need retirement and need to spend rest of life peacfully in one of his house in Dubai or UK.Recommend

  • Mr. Obvious
    Jul 8, 2016 - 9:10PM

    I doubt any Afghan’s think that Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a success. Everyone knows that N Waziristan was controlled by the Haqqani B4 this operation and everyone knows that Pakistan didn’t kill/capture/wound a single Haqqani during this two year operation. Pakistan received International sympathy after the school massacre and International kudos after it’s public statements that all terrorist would now be considered bad — nobody outside of Pakistan believes that anymore. Recommend

  • Afghan
    Jul 9, 2016 - 6:15AM

    Capitalise! That is the only word that Pakistanis use and receive benefit, we are fine you capitalise on it we don’t want to support you in oppressing our Pashtun brothers!Recommend

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