Operation Zarb-e-Azb to continue unhindered: Army Chief

Published: June 23, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided on Tuesday that Operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue unhindered and would be taken to its logical conclusion.

The decision came during a meeting between the two at the PM House in Islamabad and comes just days after the premier assured Raheel Sharif that the government would not brook any criticism or tolerate any statement or remarks against the military.

In addition to the progress of the offensive, which was launched in June last year, the internal and external security situation of the country also came under discussion.

Read: Assurances: Govt won’t tolerate remarks against army, says Nawaz

Concluding talks, it was decided that the operation against criminals and terrorists would continue across the country to optimally utilise the environment created due to the phenomenal successes of Zarb-e-Azb.

Further, it was reiterated that Zarb-e-Azb would be taken to its logical conclusion, regardless of the cost, as terrorists and criminals would be targeted indiscriminately.

Lauding the efforts of the forces in the ongoing operations Fata, the premier said the nation was proud of its valiant Armed Forces and “highly valued the sacrifices rendered by our officers and men in fight against terrorism.”

Read: Zarb-e-Azb to continue till peace is restored permanently: Defence minister

The premier assured his full support to the army chief and said the entire nation is standing behind its armed forces in its mission to eradicate terrorism from the country.

Earlier, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the operation would continue until peace and tranquility in the tribal areas was reinstated permanently.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Anjum Arshi
    Jun 23, 2015 - 2:29PM

    And what about the IDPs? The poor women, men and children made homeless for no reason at all, and who are being degraded, dragged and insulted by the KP government and the forces who are supposed to protect them??????Recommend

  • Hugh Slaman
    Jun 23, 2015 - 5:34PM

    @Anjum Arshi:
    They weren’t “made homeless for no reason at all”. Their displacement allows the forces to do their job.
    The IDPs should be asked why they were unable to stop militants from using FATA as a base from which to launch attacks against Pakistan. Up till now, there has been an understanding that the people of FATA are responsible for security in those regions, and that the state will not send its forces there. However, when the security of Pakistan breaks down in such a catastrophic way due to terrorists based in that region, then a war needs to be waged there.
    May Allah take the IDPs home soon.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 23, 2015 - 7:40PM

    Good.Recommend

  • romm
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:56PM

    @Anjum Arshi:
    Uncalled for comment by an Indian. Recommend

  • curious2
    Jun 23, 2015 - 9:03PM

    the premier assured Raheel Sharif that the government would not brook any criticism or tolerate any statement or remarks against the military
    .
    Guess he forgot that Pakistan is suppose to be a Democracy where people are free to express their opinions? If the military is so fragile that it can’t take any criticism – then fire the military and get some people who have thicker skins. Criticism of the military in the UK, USA etc hasn’t hurt them and arguably has made them better.Recommend

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