Punjab Rangers have begun covert operations against banned organisations, army chief tells PM

Published: September 1, 2015
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad on September 1, 2015. PHOTO: PID

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad on September 1, 2015. PHOTO: PID

As the military ups the ante against terror outfits, Army chief General Raheel Sharif informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday that the Punjab Rangers have started covert operations against banned organisations in Punjab.

“As part of internal security measures, the ongoing phase of Karachi operation, ‘Pur Amn Balochistan’ and law and order situation in Punjab following the killing of provincial home minister Shuja Khanzada came under discussion between the two,” sources told The Express Tribune.

While the premier and army chief agreed that the modus operandi of sectarian outfits operating in Punjab is different from Taliban, the army chief said Punjab Rangers have started under-cover operations in Punjab against terrorists under NAP, the source added.

Read: Karachi operation ‘to go on come what may’

Vowing to continue the critical phase of the ongoing Karachi operation to curb terror financing in the country, the civil-military leadership agreed that only courts will decide the fate of those arrested during the operation regardless of their political affiliation.

The army chief also apprised the prime minister about his recent meetings with foreign dignitaries including US National Security Adviser Susan Rice and US Special Assistant to President Obama for South Asian Affairs Dr Peter Lavoy.

Read: Top civil-military huddle ‘finalises agenda’ of India dialogue

Although Rice met both PM and the army chief, the delegation led by Dr Lavoy held a meeting with only General Raheel. “During the meeting, the Afghan reconciliation process was discussed comprehensively,” the source said.

“General Raheel informed PM Nawaz about the road map for the resumption of reconciliation process which was agreed at the meeting between army chief and US delegation,” the source further said.

The second round peace talks between Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul were suspended following the news of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s death and a recent wave of terrorist attacks in Kabul.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Parvez
    Sep 1, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Nawaz seems to have left Zardari high-and-dry…….but that’s politics and Zardari clams to be the master politician.Recommend

  • Salik
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:08PM

    Good job PMLn. NS is delivering on his manifesto to apprehend beneficiaries and facilitators of corruption.Recommend

  • Muhammad Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:09PM

    Dear & beloved General Raheel keep going to cleanse Pakistan of all types of evils-trust me the whole Pakistani Nation love you and they are behind you. Please don’t these Nation’s plunderers go unpunished. General you are the only ray of hope for this Nation that’s why even Pakistani infants are loving you-please extract each and every Rupee from these plunderers which they have squeezed from their Nation. May Allah SWT bless you (General Raheel) in this world as well as in Akhirah, Aameen.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:15PM

    “”keep target informed and own troops guessing “” is definition of covert operations , you cant find better example of”””COVERT OPERATION””.Recommend

    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Like the way “Army chief General Raheel Sharif informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”, he deserved to be just informed no need to take his permission :DRecommend

  • Anon
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:48PM

    @Muhammad Khan: So when is he going to have himself arrested?Recommend

  • Naeem
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:04PM

    If that is the case then Rana SanaUllah should be arrested. Also the Model Town killing by the Punjab Govt. should be re-looked into….Recommend

  • yaz
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:05PM

    When will there be covert operation against NS & Co? Their corruption is as harmful as the terror of terrorists of Punjab. Recommend

  • Karachi Wally
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:08PM

    Raheel Sharif is a smart and determined man, he is not asking for permission or orders from PM to go after terrorists, else NS and Shahbaz would have tried to stop him.
    Further people like Rana Sana & others can also not blame NS for operations against their support groups!Recommend

  • z
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:20PM

    @waqas Ahmad, you are right, there is no need to take PM’s permission any more. Whole parliament, Including Lord Niazi vet this decision to give army a legal and constitutional right to carry out operation. PM is following his manifesto. Pakistan Zindabad, PM paindabad.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:27PM

    There were seven (7) chiefs of Army before Raheel who cultivated and protected these organizations – starting with Zia. Can #8 get out from under the cumulative baggage piled up on him by – no less – seven predecessors? Sounds like a tall order.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:42PM

    General Raheel is exactly the Person who is needed to clean Pakistan from the Mess created mainly by the morally Corrupt political leaders. Right now I’d rather support An Honest dictator ten a corrupt Democracy. Recommend

  • Frank
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:53PM

    It’s really funny how PML-N supporters want to give credit to Nawaz Sharif for Raheel Sharif’s operation, an operation which will eventually get to Nawaz Sharif himself.Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Sep 1, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Don’t worry PMLN’s three ministers are already under investigation of which one them is Ishaq Dar PM’s relative and believe me if he arrested then PM would resign from his PM ship. There are also 2 to 3 people in PTI who are also on watch list but the only advantage for Niazi is that he is financially clean. Soon we’ll see life in dead model town case and it will create very serious crisis for PMLN. That’s why nowadays Niazi is very happy and confident that his dream of becoming PM is going to be true.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Sep 1, 2015 - 5:58PM

    Punjabi politicians are next target!Recommend

  • nadeem
    Sep 1, 2015 - 6:03PM

    @Defence Analyst:

    Niazi is very happy and confident that his dream of becoming PM is going to be true.

    LOL! The Army will never let Mr Niazi become the PM for this obvious reason: if he comes to power he will assume the COAS reports to him (not the other way ’round)Recommend

  • Waqar
    Sep 1, 2015 - 6:23PM

    @Defence Analyst what do you mean by only advantage for Mr Niazi is that he is financially clean? Is that not an important aspect. Honestly this is the first thing Pakistanis should be looking for when they get down to chose their next leader Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Sep 1, 2015 - 6:44PM


    When the ship itself is sinking, it is every man for himself. Zardari decamped to Dubai as soon as he saw the writing on the wall. Will Nawaz Sharif be the bagholder?Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Sep 1, 2015 - 7:23PM

    Great going General Raheel Sahib, please don’t be intimidated by enemy’s skirmishes and continue cleaning to the transparent levels. Thanks.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 1, 2015 - 7:31PM

    @Defense Analyst Some times its ok to stop dreaming! Here is a bet, I will stop posting here if any of what you say happens but if not over next 3 years, than shameless dreamers like you and others need to stand up in front of mirror and look at the shameless losers they see in mirror.Recommend

  • Muhammad Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 7:41PM

    @Anon: You wrote, “Muhammad Khan: So when is he going to have himself arrested?” Let me tell you General Raheel is a hero of Pakistani Nation and heroes are loved and that is exactly what Pakistani Nation is doing i.e. they love him. His ancestors have laid their lives for Pakistan and this man is above any lust, bad thing or corruption. He will be remembered in the history as the Creator of this New Prosperous, Corrupti Free and Peaceful Pakistan. Gen Raheel is leading this Country to the Zenith of peace & development. We love him and we all Pakistanis are solidly behind him like an iron rock. Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:16PM

    @Waqar I’m not saying that it isn’t important but i’m writing this on facts that Mr Niazi will have political advantage if 2 to 3 PMLN ministers get arrested especially Ishaq Dar. If 1 or 2 PMLN ministers arrested over corruption charges before NA 122 by elections then PTI will easily win that seat and if PMLN resigns then there are 99 percent chances that PTI will come into power. If 2 or 3 people arrested from PTI then IK will endorse this act because he knows that he is financially clean and if any mainstream leader from PMLN arrested you’ll see the same reaction from them which PPP is now showing to us because there leaders are not financially clean and may be they also take off from this country before facing any serious consequences.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:37PM

    @Defence Analyst Seriously you need to stop dreaming! Here is a fact and a bet, no PTI is NOT WINNING NA 122 EVER! No PTI will not beat PMLN either. So called defence analysts or defence jokers like you are calling for demise of PMLN since 1999 and we all know how that worked out. If there is corruption done by PMLN ministers, sure get them, but corruption of Generals arent going un noticied either and with India getting nasty on border, a defence joker I mean analyst like you should know, no sane general like to mess up country. Here is a fact for you and I am betting on it, PMLN will complete its term and will win close to 150 seats in 2018 elections. Whether you like or not, accept or not, PMLN is the largest party and will remain so.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:38PM

    hahahaha…so trueRecommend

  • z
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:46PM

    Dear All, let us come out of if, then and else logics please. The good news and reality is the country is moving forward in a positive direction. IK has lost his moral ground quite number of times, even before coming into politics. InshaAllah he will never be in power. The sensible Pakistani nation will never hand him the steering.Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @H Chaudhry: Soon you’ll see yourself in front of mirror and will cry like a baby. I have so many burnols for people like you and believe me people who eat carrots, there time is over now. Now they should ready for their castigation.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:33PM

    @Muhammad Khan, Anon is talking about Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:17PM

    Gen Raheel is cleverer and smarter than most of the top brass of the past, taking one step at a time to reach top of the ladder. He has done his home work extremely well in finding skeletons which he knows are present with all political parties is targeting the top four. Gradually, all major political parties will be exposed of having links with terrorist organisations which will leave military cleansing the country of terrorism and corrupt political class which will be fully supported by people of Pakistan. Country’s judiciary is already supporting the military who has already been taken into confidence in various matters. General, in order to whip up patriotism and fear of war has kept the pot boiling at LoC and telling the people that Indian agency RAW is behind all the terrorism in Pakistan and going all out to disintegrate the country. The foregoing clearly suggests that spade work done meticulously is paving way for a smooth military take over in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Asok
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Which are these banned orgs? Name a couple.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:15AM

    @Last Word:

    You nailed it. The Irony is that Nawaz Sharif appointed Musharraf as Army Chief also after superseding several officers and Bhutto superseded several to appoint Zia-ul-Haq. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:39AM

    @H Chaudhry:
    So generals would mess up country by eradicating goons and corrupt oligarchy running the country? Atleast Defence Analyst is dreaming and hoping good for the country, but you are brain dead person.Recommend

  • Danish
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:59AM

    @Last Word:
    Oh we have a Nostradamus among us.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:02AM

    Army chief General Raheel Sharif ZindabadRecommend

  • @ H chaudhry
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:53AM

    I wish I could meet to in real life so that the next time you suffer and complain due to govt negligence, I could present you with a swift slap. And I also would bet you that PMNL unless yet again uses another trick to bribe / fool the system will lose, not because I am a PTI supporter but because people even now former Pmlns have noticed what ultra corrupt gang they brought to power and how it has ruined 2 years now for them. I personally am unable to count those people I have met with such views.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:36AM

    Criers will continue to cry! No need to argue, 2018 election will tell the story. @Ahmed Military is not clean and no one institute can be given a right to poke nose in other institutes, we have seen that for 67 years and we know how did that turn out.
    @The guy who cant count PMLN supporters probably because he/she lives in a bubble, time flies quick, numbers are in front of us, you may choose to stay blind but life will move on! PMLN has won every election under the sun, Pakistan is doing better, things are improving but hey what do I know! 2018 will show you what real PMLN power is but than again, you will still be crying….Recommend

  • Old Ravian
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:43PM

    I hope Gen. Raheel will bring us out of the mess which Gen. Zia and Gen Musharraf created. Recommend

  • eternaldrunk
    Sep 14, 2015 - 3:05AM

    Pak Army Zinadaabad, ISI zindabad. Listen fellows there is no reason to fight on pti or pml n. We all need to unite against terrorism and corruption and support army and Gen Raheel Shareef. We have been blessed by such person after years of suffering so keep aside ur political affiliation and stand for a single cause that is Prosperous Pakistan.Recommend

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