Army chief terms Quetta attack bid to undermine Zarb-e-Azb success

Published: August 9, 2016
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At least 70 people, nearly half of them lawyers, were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack targeting mourners gathered at a state-run hospital, on August 8 morning. PHOTO: AFP

At least 70 people, nearly half of them lawyers, were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack targeting mourners gathered at a state-run hospital, on August 8 morning. PHOTO: AFP

A day after Quetta witnessed tragic deaths of tens of lawyers who became victims of a suicide attack, army chief General Raheel Sharif said the cowardly act against the country’s judiciary by the terrorists was carried out to undermine the success of operation of Zarb-e-Azb.

On Monday, at least 70 people, nearly half of them lawyers, were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack targeting mourners gathered at a state-run hospital in Balochistan’s capital city Quetta.

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While presiding over the Corps Commanders Conference at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, Gen Raheel said that the army will adopt a ‘whole nation approach’ to ensure that no one reverses the gains against terrorism, a statement issued by the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said.

He directed the corps commander and intelligence agencies to intensify the targeted operations with full vigour against terrorists and sleeper cells in the country. The army chief directed for necessary assistance to the provincial law enforcement agencies in capacity building, resource, and planning in order to counter terrorism.

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Participants of the conference were given detailed briefings on the ongoing military operations and overall external and internal security situation in the country with particular reference to the counter terrorism domain.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Hameed
    Aug 9, 2016 - 6:34PM

    Apart from saying same old movie dialogues will he actually do anything right and useful as well?Recommend

  • Tp
    Aug 9, 2016 - 7:23PM

    Some even say that this is a “false flag” operation to evoke sympathy and try to regain the $300 million that the US denied Pakistan.
    Then again, people say a lot of things. Who knows what the truth is?Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 9, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Pakistan Military should do a critical analysis of the Zarb-e-Azb ‘successes’.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Aug 9, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Another day and another dialogue.Recommend

  • Buttar
    Aug 9, 2016 - 8:48PM

    @Hameed, Well one thing for sure he can do right. Put you on black list and wake you up from coma by blast.Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2016 - 9:07PM

    @Tp, Truth is in front of All! There is a HUGE difference in 2013 and 2016 in terms of attacks! and there is much peace now in country when Operations starts!Recommend

  • mastishhk
    Aug 9, 2016 - 9:26PM

    NS says its a conspiracy against CPEC. COAS says its against Zarb-e-Azb. A conflict already in making.Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Aug 9, 2016 - 9:33PM

    To be fair, concentrating on one area of the country with Zarb-e-Azb was a short term solution, but did nationally bring down the overall terrorist attacks due to the North being safe havens for many terrorist groups. However, whoever was left, though smaller in numbers, of these groups were always going to head elsewhere in the country and attack soft targets. This will be a recurring theme, though hopefully less frequent than before. Its the same in Iraq. Even if ISIL is defeated, whoever is left will change tactics and resort to terrorist bombings like they did before. The war is far from over. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 9, 2016 - 10:15PM

    What success? At some point we start believing our own lies.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 9, 2016 - 10:46PM

    Is the hospital and the lawyers are connected to CPEC?Recommend

  • Mr Obvious
    Aug 9, 2016 - 11:48PM

    Zarb-e-Azb success? We have to take your word for that because you never allowed any independent journalist to observe that “victory”. The military also called the S Waziristan offensive a success and that is now widely viewed as an expensive publicity stunt designed to get American money – very few Taliban casualties and no Taliban leaders killed/captured. BTW – why hasn’t the military ever published a list of the Taliban leaders it killed/captured during the Zarb-e-Azb offensive?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 10, 2016 - 12:23AM

    This is another signal to the armed forces that…..HALF MEASURES DO NOT WORK.Recommend

  • Shah
    Aug 10, 2016 - 4:13AM

    The whole afghan border is porous and u have India agents sitting on the other side
    You don’t need too much imagination.
    Nappy sharifs.Recommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    Aug 10, 2016 - 6:40AM

    Army should confine itself to security. Not foreign affairs. No political Ambition s. Recommend

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