Another Zarb-e-Azb will be fought in our cities and villages: PM

Published: December 22, 2014
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Nawaz Sharif vows all militants and their facilitators will be eliminated from the country. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Nawaz Sharif vows all militants and their facilitators will be eliminated from the country. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Monday to launch an offensive against militants in rural and urban areas of the country in an apparent expansion of the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

“One Zarb-e-Azb is being fought in the tribal areas and a second Zarb-e-Azb will be fought against those who are hiding in our cities and villages,” the premier said, while chairing a four hour long high-level counter terrorism meeting, according to the PM Office.

The premier vowed that a decisive battle would be fought against all militants, including those responsible for the Hazara Town in Quetta and the Peshawar Church attack.

“The government will not differentiate between terrorists and their facilitators. They both will be taken out,” PM Nawaz said.

“Terrorism and sectarianism are a cancer for this country and now the time has come to root it out,” the premier said.

Sources added the high-level meeting discussed various plans, including overhauling of criminal justice, and a new administrative and legislative system in the country.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, SAFRON Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt and special assistants to the premier Khawaja Zaheer and Barrister Zafarulaah attended the meeting.

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  • Wali
    Dec 22, 2014 - 4:31PM

    The proof is in the pudding. I hope you stand by your word or the powers that be are going to see this thing through.

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  • ishrat salim
    Dec 22, 2014 - 4:45PM

    This action was over due after killing of more than 60,000 people. They have just realized, that now it is their turn to get hunted, so, this kind of action being planned. Too little too late. you, your party & PPP & the likes will be still be answerable TO Allah swt for the complacency shown in this regard & resultantly became an accomplice yourself. Factory of such extremist elements are in S Punjab. What line of action envisaged there ?

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  • khanzada
    Dec 22, 2014 - 4:47PM

    He says that ‘now’ the time has come to root it out????? I hope he means it, because despite being the most horrendous attack in Pakistan’s history, this was still one of the many hundreds of such attacks that the country has had to bare

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  • Bro
    Dec 22, 2014 - 4:57PM

    Go ahead and best wishes

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  • Viking Star
    Dec 22, 2014 - 5:17PM

    We don’t trust you and your words Mr PM! as you are a coward.
    Whenever our brave Army issues such statement, we would all welcome it.

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  • Ashraf
    Dec 22, 2014 - 5:27PM

    Pakistan is killing the foot soldiers. What about their mentors who are everywhere in Pakistan?! What about the “strategic asset” narrative? Unless these people are silenced, the situation will not change.

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  • M.Salman
    Dec 22, 2014 - 6:29PM

    Taking the peshawar event as an opportunity.. every body is targeting guns to their opponents by saying them to be the reason of this trajedy.. WESTERN socialist are against madressah and islam since long and now they have got media with them to prosecute ISLAM in PAK by utilizing this golden opportunity givn to them… Shall we close schools base don criminal activities of a students? No but we shall close all madressa based on activity of criminals..

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  • Saira
    Dec 22, 2014 - 6:53PM

    If the PM is serious then why do people whose heart beats with Taliban are sitting in his Government? Its just a white wash as the PM is not brave enough to even think about touching Taliban supporters let alone take action against them.

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  • Wizarat
    Dec 22, 2014 - 8:35PM

    You do know if you have an operation in Punjab you would have to fight your own and put them behind bars such as Rana Sanaullah etc.

    BTW, Mr. PM you do this and I can guarantee you 2 more chances of being the next PM again.

    I have my doubts though, as they say “the proof is in the pudding”

    For Pakistan’s sake I hope and wish you end what your mentor Zia started.a cancer we call sectarianism.

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  • Peace
    Dec 22, 2014 - 8:47PM

    @M.Salman. Teach respecting human lives, teach religious tolerance, teach to regard humanity above ALL, condemn Taliban and their barbaric alikes, do all this in your so-called learning places and we won’t ask to close them down

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  • Nasir
    Dec 22, 2014 - 9:22PM

    I hope our army has learned that strategic depth is not worth it , shame it has taken so long for them to realise that the monster they created is out of control

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  • Arsie
    Dec 22, 2014 - 9:30PM

    How can you succeed when there’s a pro taliban govt in KPK?Recommend

  • Attorney Tausif Kamal
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:13PM

    AS I have written before our cities and villages in Pak are the SECOND active front of Talibans/Jihadists. They all must be crushed in coordination with police, army, govts etc. Now is the time to put the final nail on the coffin of this blood thirsty enemy.

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:15PM

    The Prime Minister of the country is encouraging what is usualy called a Civil War to keep Imran Khan out of race for his office, the unfortunate thing being that there is nothing civil about the conflict now!

    Rex Minor

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  • sabi
    Dec 23, 2014 - 12:32AM

    My post few days before Peshawar massacre ;

    Ok dear let us see what happens…we are smoking them out in mountains we will do it in plains too making sure everybody gets justice..where lies the problem?…

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  • Sarfaraz
    Dec 23, 2014 - 12:58AM

    @Viking Star:
    You are definitely an IK suppoeter

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  • Sarfaraz
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:00AM

    @Saira:
    So that’s why he approved operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’

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  • Sarfaraz
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:03AM

    Brilliant words. I never voted on my life but I would vote to whoever takes firmer stance against terrorists and murderers of Pakistani people.

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  • ivehadit
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:13AM

    Glad the PM has found his voice. Why did it take so long?

    He should realize any politicking on this issue will cost him the goodwill of the people. Stop the 500 lynchings.

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  • Viking Star
    Dec 23, 2014 - 12:36PM

    @Sarfaraz: Proud to be supporting Pakistan and proud to be a supporter of IK. Just look at sentiments of the public and specially mothers. Look into the eyes of mothers who lost their loved ones. They were feeling as if their “real” elder son has arrived now, they had hope in their eyes when IK arrived. You know why??? Because IK is the only true leader. Have you seen such scenes before? after such a tragedy? Has anyone else among our political leaders given such a respect?
    I wish IK all the success and I hope to see a better and prosperous Pakistan, free from terrorism. Where every child would be given education and health facilities, where every graduate would find a suitable job and specially when our motherland would be among nations with stature and respect.
    May Allah swt help us, Aameen!

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