PM, General Raheel discuss strategy to take out Mullah Fazlullah: sources

Published: February 24, 2015



ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discussed on Tuesday strategy to take out Pakistan’s most wanted terrorist Mullah Fazlullah, according to sources.

The army chief called on the prime minister at the PM House on Tuesday — a day after one of the main executors of the December 16 Peshawar school attack was arrested.

Read: Main executor of Peshawar school attack captured: ISPR

Sources said the two discussed the arrests of Army Public School attackers in both Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan and were keen on capturing Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah dead or alive.

The attack on the army-run school in which 150 people, including 133 children, were killed was claimed by the TTP.

According to the PM House, implementation of National Action Plan, Operation Zarb-e-Azb and return of temporarily displaced persons came under discussion during the meeting.

Read: Afghan chief executive says peace talks could start within ‘weeks’, Taliban deny

The sources went on to add that frequent meetings were being held between the government and Army since the civilian government had surrendered critical internal and external security operations to the Army.

As security cooperation between the two countries increases, developments on Afghanistan were also discussed during the meeting. The premier further apprised the army chief about his telephonic conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday.

Sources said that both Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif expressed satisfaction over the initiation of talks between Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government and vowed to further facilitate this process.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb

Regarding the ongoing operation against militants in North Waziristan and the rehabilitation of temporary displaced persons, sources said the army chief briefed PM Nawaz about the efforts to prepare a model of  rehabilitation for displaced persons.

The two agreed a few months back the top civil-military leadership approved the Swat Model for rehabilitation of displaced persons in North Waziristan but it needs more funds.

“Federal Minister Ishaq Dar is engaged to provide required amount to Pakistan Army to carry out operation of rehabilitation of displaced persons,” the sources added.

It was further decided Operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue for an indefinite time period and gradually its scope would be expanded from tribal areas of country to other parts of the country.

LoC violations

Recent violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary also came under discussion during the meeting.

“Both the premier and army chief agreed to expedite the work of  taking up Indian’s skirmishes on LoC and Working Boundary before the regional and international powers through diplomatic and military sources,” the sources said.

“They said that India will be portrayed as main obstacle in the line of war against terrorism and powerful countries, think tanks would be tried to convince them that India through its interventions in Balochistan and skirmishes at border is engaged to divert Pakistan’s attention from operation Zarb-e-Azb,” they added.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Parvez
    Feb 24, 2015 - 1:12PM

    First ‘ take him out ‘ and then give statements…….this way your credibility gets eroded on a daily basis.Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Feb 24, 2015 - 1:33PM

    Notice the use of the word ‘ portray ‘ . As if the world is going to believe what you project . It would only serve to reemphasise to the world that there in an inherent freedom struggle going on in Baluchistan and GB and the hypocrisy of good vs bad Taliban coming home to roost and roast. Recommend

  • samir
    Feb 24, 2015 - 2:10PM

    @Talking Point. First give Kashmir their rights under UN resolution and then we can talk about other things. Not mentioning massacres in Gujarat and demolition of Babri mosque under extremist agendas. Recommend

    Feb 24, 2015 - 2:28PM

    The Pic says it all; Look, the PM is almost sitting at edge of the table; luckily they found a chair for him.. Otherwise a stool was being provided for him to be the ‘also participated’ in the meeting. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 24, 2015 - 2:34PM

    Yes , it’s a weird piece. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 24, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Why not invite the guy for lunch and then arrest him, would be easier than making theatrical announcements? Or better still, why not ask your buddies from the USA for help who are still operational in Afghanistan.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Feb 24, 2015 - 3:52PM

    @samir: How about the Azad Kashmir Governorship being usurped by outsiders to rig polls and their warning to your polity about its consequences . Should we call them for discussions and let our High Commissioner meet them? What goes around comes around and Kashmir has begun to cross the 180 degree to come back to haunt its instigators. Recommend

  • Human
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @Talking Point:
    How can u claim that there is freedom struggle in GB?….shows ur ignorance…Recommend

  • Shakil
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Media going overboard here, will such intell discussion be leaked by media only to warn Mr Fazalullah? who are they helping even if they have inside information somehow about this discussion!Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:36PM

    @Talking Point: @samir: How about the Azad Kashmir Governorship being usurped by outsiders to rig polls and their warning to your polity about its consequences . Should we call them for discussions and let our High Commissioner meet them? What goes around comes around and Kashmir has begun to cross the 180 degree to come back to haunt its instigators.”

    Total rubbish. That wasnt kashmir governor. But who cares for yor lies. But do watch out if our gov brings kashmir hurriyat or maoists to table for talks.
    And what freedom fight in GB,in your dreams. Checkout your bodo fighters first,not even one is caught.
    Very frustrated soul is sitting here.
    And whether world believes or not and you as well ,who cares??
    Did we believe you when you said china will help you get seat in unsc and now china is lodging complaint against AP visit.
    And we know your dirty eyes on ajk and GB, but you wont succeed.iARecommend

  • Usman
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:37PM

    What goes around, comes around!

    For long we have allowed our good Talibans to use our soil to destabilise afghan government in search for strategic depth. Afghanistan is paying back by hosting TTP leadership. The real question is: Has our military leadership finally decided not to allow our soil against Afghanistan, or they are still playing games with Afghanistan? Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:43PM

    Mr. PM Your statement can only be respected when you have the Mullahs head on your press conference Table.Recommend

  • Jim
    Feb 24, 2015 - 5:41PM

    What will they do with Fazullah’s handlers, past and present? How come they never discuss strategy to take out Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim and Mullah Omar? Maybe @zara can explain ;)Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2015 - 6:17PM

    NS never says or discusses anything, he just sits there like a statue only waiting for the next meal.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Feb 24, 2015 - 6:37PM

    So we are discussing our combat strategies on the news sites now? Well-done guys.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 24, 2015 - 6:48PM

    hahaha….so true.Recommend

  • Arshad Ali
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:07PM

    The one in uniform can do it. The other Sharif is castrated in these matters. He only knows how to make money.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 24, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Would you prefer to sit next to the person wearing a suicide belt?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • zara
    Feb 24, 2015 - 8:03PM

    @Jim: Maybe @zara can explain ;)”

    Omg et plz publishmy comment. Omg omg thanks for asking me.nobody discusses anything with me. When i come and post everyone gets bored and runaway. I am not apt for political discussions. :(
    Ya i am all for taking out all banned outfits and hafiz saed and mullah omar and i dont thinl dawood ibrahim is in pak, ithink his presence is also like indian boat drama but if he is then he should be kicked out too.Recommend

  • zg
    Feb 25, 2015 - 12:34AM

    To all Indian trolls: Keep spewing venom and hatred. Being almost the most populous country in the world doesn’t grant you the fixed position of being always right. You have created enough mess in subcontinent, starting from Kashmir. You’ve had wars with all your major neighbors. Look at the poverty in your country and look at your priorities (the largest military hardware importer in the world). While Pakistan fights war against terrorists, your govt and military funds and prepares attacks on Pakistan. But as if that’s not enough, your military starts violence on LoC and kills soldiers upon calling a flag meeting. I mean how low can you go? Pakistan has made mistakes but we have never interfered in internal matters of India. On the other hand India has always interfered in internal matters of Pakistan. Stop being this region’s uncle Sam and ask your govt to seize their hostility towards its neighbors. Or otherwise someday it will be too late for you.Recommend

    Feb 25, 2015 - 12:51AM

    The U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan share a common stance against terrorism. We have lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting terrorism. Our common sacrifices prove our commitment to restoring peace in the region. It is our wish and desire to see peace prevail throughout the region. We have always been emphasizing shared cooperation and coordination between the regional partners. We recognize the improving relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the need of the hour is to stand united against all those who threaten the safety of our lands. The terrorists continue to make their intentions clear by working against our shared peace objectives, and we fully support Pakistan and Afghanistan in their efforts to counter the common threat of terrorism.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • zara
    Feb 25, 2015 - 8:05AM

    Omg Omg you are awesome. Respects for you sir.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 25, 2015 - 11:06AM

    Well said Sir.Recommend

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