Army to expand ongoing offensive to urban centres

Published: September 9, 2015
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Gen Raheel chairs a meeting of the corps commanders at GHQ. PHOTO: NNI

Gen Raheel chairs a meeting of the corps commanders at GHQ. PHOTO: NNI

ISLAMABAD: 

Top military commanders on Tuesday discussed future counterterrorism operations, in a move that suggests the ongoing offensive against terrorists will be expanded to the country’s urban centres.

A meeting of the corps commanders, presided over by army chief General Raheel Sharif, was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

“An exhaustive review of professional matters, internal and external security situation including the ongoing and future operations against terrorism, was carried out,” said a statement issued by the army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The army’s communiqué did not provide further details.

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However, sources in the military told The Express Tribune that the military brass discussed the possibility of expanding the operation to the urban areas against the financiers and abettors of militant groups.

Covert intelligence-based operations are already under way across the country, including in South Punjab, which is considered a hotbed of many sectarian outfits.

The army chief is expected to give his input about the importance of targeting financiers and abettors in the urban centres in the upcoming meeting of the central apex committee which will review progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) on Thursday in Islamabad.

To be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the high-level huddle will be attended by all provincial apex committees as well as Gen Raheel Sharif.

Tuesday’s corps commanders’ meeting also discussed the current situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

Director General Military Operations Major General Amir Riaz, who accompanied PM’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to Kabul last week, briefed the meeting about his discussions with Afghan authorities.

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Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan strained after Kabul accused that the country’s security establishment was behind the recent wave of militant attacks in the war-torn country.

At the Defence Day ceremony, the army chief had made it clear that Pakistan would not allow ‘detractors’ to undermine efforts to normalise ties with Afghanistan.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • sabi
    Sep 9, 2015 - 9:41AM

    This man is the Gorbachev of Pakistan.God bless him.Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Sep 9, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Excellent!Recommend

  • liaqat ali
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:09PM

    @sabi: Gorbachev? Who presided over the split of Soviet union ,fall of iron curtain and facilitated Russi’s way to democarcy . Hardliners in Russia todate have not forgiven him for his role.
    So as I admire Raheel Sharif ,I wont compare him to Gorbachev. I wish him well and pray for his success in fighting the menace of terror. However if he scummbs to temptations of power like his some of his predecssors , then all his good works will go down the drain .One he enters politics, he will need to execute NRO’s , please the corrupt politicians.
    All institutions have their role cut out for them . We shouldnt be too emotional to forget the perils of dictatorship .We have seen these movies before. Raheel Shariof appears differrent , I WISH AND PRAY THAT HE REMAINS DIFFERRENT .PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THE PATHS FOLLOWED BY YAHYA KHAN , ZIA AND MUSHARRAF ,if you have long term interest of the nation in mind. Dont listen to greedy around you nor to emotional naeves of the social media. Just focus on what you are doing . Dont spare any body . But dont enter politics. History will then remember you . Recommend

  • Naasi
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:14PM

    @sabi:
    Gorbachev presided over the breakup of his country. Recommend

  • sa
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:20PM

    for my Sabi friend above me to teach him a bit history Gorbachev led to breaking up of Soviet Union. Are you being sarcastic by anyway or you made an error in your judgement when comprehending a historic not in anway imp relic Gorbachev with my army chief.Recommend

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