NAP: Strategy being implemented to address terrorism in Pakistan, says Army chief

Resolution of Kashmir issue key to long-term peace in the region. Pakistan desires for peace with dignity and honour

Web Desk January 16, 2015
General Raheel Sharif urged the international community to understand Pakistan's environment. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday said that the National Action Plan (NAP) was sufficient for the long term resolution of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan, adding that resolving Kashmir issue was key to achieving long-term peace and stability in the region.

Director-General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa on Friday, tweeted that the Army Chief spoke at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.

Gen Sharif argued that Pakistan desired peace, but with dignity and honour.

Commenting on the National Action Plan devised to counter terrorism and extremism in the country, the Army chief said it is a long-term, comprehensive plan and that the government was doing its best to implement it.

Further, he said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb, initiated against terrorists, was making good progress. He clarified that all kinds of terrorists were being targeted, and that there were no favourites.

Regarding relations with its neighbours, the COAS said that relations with Afghanistan were improving. Further, he said that cooperation with the UK in security and social sectors was growing.

He urged the international community to understand Pakistan's security environment.

He also sought help from the UK in the dignified resettlement of those people who had been displaced due to the operation in Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

General Raheel is on a three-day official visit to the UK.

IDPs to start returning to their homes next month: Bajwa

ISPR chief said the IDPs of North Waziristan will start returning to their homes next month, Radio Pakistan reported.

While talking to media in London, Bajwa said Operation Zarb-e-Azb is continuing successfully, and many areas have been cleared in North Waziristan from the terrorists, while Khyber Agency will also be cleared soon.

Commenting on the Balochistan issue, he said foreign powers are involved in the region’s unrest.

The ISPR chief further said that Pakistan is sharing intelligence with the neighbouring Afghanistan.


Waseem | 9 years ago | Reply

@ Farhan: He is an intellectual produced from a respectable institution called army.

Blithe | 9 years ago | Reply

@Emjay: And I guess we should just ignore our relationship with KSA ?!?

FYI , you need a relationship with all countries - it's calked diplomacy .

The fact that UK's biggest aid destination is Pakistan is because of our civilian governments efforts, not the twitter geberal

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