PM Nawaz, Army chief discuss Operation Zarb-e-Azb

Published: March 19, 2015
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PM Nawaz is expected to meet army chief soon, review Saulat Mirza's statement, say sources. PHOTO: PID.GOV.PK

PM Nawaz is expected to meet army chief soon, review Saulat Mirza's statement, say sources. PHOTO: PID.GOV.PK

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Raheel Sharif met on Thursday to discuss the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Karachi operation, Express News reported.

During the meeting the progress of the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in June 2014 against militants in North Waziristan was discussed. Further, the Karachi operation also came under discussion.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also present during the meeting.

PM Nawaz earlier said no one will be allowed to keep or carry illegal weapons while asserting there is no space for terrorism in the country.

Speaking about Karachi operation, the prime minister said kidnappings for ransom have gone down since the start of the operation.

“The operation is in the interest of Pakistan,” he added.

PM Nawaz also said that the country is facing challenges and policies are being formulated in this regard.

The meeting comes hours after convicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, Saulat Mirza’s execution was halted following a confessional video early Thursday morning. The army chief and premier are expected to review Mirza’s statement, according to sources. Further, the Karachi operation and a case filed against MQM chief Altaf Hussain by Rangers are also on the agenda of the meeting, the source added.

Just hours before his execution, MQM worker Saulat Mirza alleged in a supposed video confession that he killed former KESC Director Shahid Hamid on the directives of party chief Altaf Hussain.

Read: Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

According to video released by a private television channel late on Wednesday, Mirza alleged that he received the order for the ‘hit’ from Altaf at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence.

Mirza revealed that orders were given on telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri.

He further alleged that people whom the party wanted to save from police torture are provided protection in police stations through Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan. Even during the PPP’s government, he was facilitated in jail and allowed to meet family members in separate rooms.

Saulat said he was not appealing to commute his sentence, but was asking to delay it.

Earlier, on February 16, PM Nawaz had met Corps Commander in Karachi where he was given a briefing on the implementation of the National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism from the country.

Read: Action should be taken against culprits behind Baldia factory fire: PM

The premier had criticised police officials for being slow to file charge-sheets in the Baldia town tragedy.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Mar 19, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Why is Nawaz meeting his boss Raheel so often and take order. Raheel should be Nawaz’s Orderly in real democracy.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:26AM

    BRAVO to our COAS keep it up! nation is counting only and only on you. SALUTERecommend

  • Adil Zulfiqar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:37AM

    @Dipak – Go home you’re drunk, This is Pakistan! things play different here :DRecommend

  • Sara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Dipak

    Its a chaotic situation in Pakistan and army has an integral role in it. Keep real democracy in your pocket till Pakistan eliminates terrorism. Recommend

  • Mohsin Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:44AM

    @Dipak:
    Just shut upRecommend

  • Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:44AM

    @Dipak it got to do with anti state elements and your boss altaf, thats why!!Recommend

  • citizen
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:52AM

    @Dipak:
    because of Terroisim Case (Karachi operation) to take into confidentRecommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:54AM

    @dipak
    its good that PM is meeting COAS. Army,rangers and other law enforcement agencies are fighting terrorists and criminals both inside the cities and at the border so reveiwing situation and taking updates and breifings from your fighting force’s top general on regular basis and taking timely actions will definately have positive impact on operation against terrorists across Pakistan and especially in Karachi.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:08PM

    Great porgress by PMLN govt they are completing the unfinished job of 1992Recommend

  • pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:10PM

    @Dipak:
    A wise man once said it is better not to say anything or say somthing for the sake of it…Recommend

  • akram
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:12PM

    express tribune employee, we know you are anti-Pakistan thats why you accept comments by Hindus. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Mar 19, 2015 - 12:19PM

    @ Dipak .. just like your Modi Todi turn to his Papa Obama to seek his orders as you people dont have a Brave soldier like we do.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:09PM

    So……..will politics again take precedence over justice ?Recommend

  • OSD
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:13PM

    @akram:
    i think you meant hindustanis (which isn’t a fair comment either).. we have hindus in pakistan and are proud of them. Let’s leave religion out of this.Recommend

  • Asfandyar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:48PM

    @Dipak:
    Why is Modi meeting his real bosses in RSS? In real democracy PM doesn’t meet terrorist and take orders from themRecommend

  • kishan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:27PM

    @Dilpak

    Mind you own business you Indian.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:27PM

    @ dipak .. i think enough inslult u suffered today :) best of luck in future too Recommend

  • sohail abbasi
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:40PM

    Deepak is high guys leave the poor soul aloneRecommend

  • Mar 19, 2015 - 5:14PM

    @akram:
    I commented ‘More of a Joker’ on Modi’s post which was not published. And comments from people like Dipak gets published. Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Dipak you got it, now get lost

    Go do mauka mauka on your cricket win, wearing sherwani with dipak written in stripes on it.Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:07PM

    Pakistani security forces are working night and day to restore peace in the country. I have full confidence in their ability to counter the growing threat of terrorism. And I am hopeful that day is not far when peace will prevail throughout the country.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Salik
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:26PM

    Good job PMLnRecommend

  • Rex minor
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Both are going to face the dock sooner than later, the UNO has started investigations about the suspected wide spread torture terror against civilians including those of under age and handicapped citizens.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Deepak
    Mar 20, 2015 - 1:18PM

    Someone is using my nick, but as madarsas would have it, misspelled it. I pity that lowlife, An enemy within. This member is apparently miffed at my comments, I know who you are and I pity you, imposter!

    Right from 1947 lowlives like this imposter killed the real Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2015 - 6:52PM

    Dipak@Adil Zulfiqar:
    Your Military created terrorism in your country while the Military and Mullah were teaching the people terrorism outside the country, it started inside and you guys are so brainwashed now you can not see your real terrorists, the Army, is destroying you poor souls.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2015 - 8:27AM

    Dipak@zara: get lost who ever you are. Pakistan has yet to come out of StoneAge after more than 67 years. Your high living CORRUPT Military, So called Democratic Feudal and Religion Twisting Mullahs have brainwashed the last few generations that only know how to be a slave of the few CORRECT powerful politicians and military leaders. In another two generations true Pakistani will be borne, get rid of the corrupts and bring the second independence of Pakistan with progress and prosperity.Recommend

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