Govt needs to match army’s efforts in ongoing fight against terror: COAS

Published: November 10, 2015
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif chairs Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on November 10, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif chairs Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on November 10, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The army chief has called for “governance initiatives” to complement the success of security forces in the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism, in a statement that suggests the military establishment is not satisfied with civilian authorities’ efforts in implementing the National Action Plan (NAP).

General Raheel Sharif made the statements during a Corps Commanders meeting held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

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The military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement said the meeting, presided by the army chief, exhaustively reviewed the internal security situation.

“While appreciating the progress of the ongoing operation and intelligence based operations (IBOs), their achievements and effects, General Raheel acknowledged full support of the nation for our ongoing operations to eliminate terrorism and extremism,” the statement read.

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Gen Raheel, however, underlined the need for “matching complimentary governance initiatives for long term gains of operation and enduring peace” across the country.

Progress of NAP, finalisation of Fata reforms and concluding all continuing JITs at priority, were highlighted as issues which if not implemented could undermine the effects of operations.

The army chief also directed to expedite the return of temporary displaced persons (TDPs), overcoming all obstacles for development works in affected areas and the rehabilitation of all displaced families.

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Earlier, the forum discussed the upcoming visit of General Raheel to the US, where, the statement added, will clearly highlight Pakistan’s perspective of new emerging regional realities.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 10, 2015 - 6:54PM

    COAS is right. Even review in PM meeting on NAP implementation has been reported to be un-satisfactory. If the civilian govt continues to show slackness in implementation of NAP, the Army will be forced to intervene, then the civilian govt & political parties should not complain. We will not let the scarifies of our people & the Armed forces to go in vain.Recommend

  • Alladitta
    Nov 10, 2015 - 6:55PM

    made my day. not just a slap on wrist of politicians rather a punch to the nose by the generals. Long live pak army the great. :))))Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 10, 2015 - 7:10PM

    Tell ’em like it is!Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Nov 10, 2015 - 7:38PM

    As an ordinery citizen I too felt that while Provincial Govt is whining the Federal Govt is half hearted in its approach. PM needs to understand that this will take his ‘economic programs’ nowhere if there is no peace.Reinauguration of existing projects and then talking about transpency further casts doubt. Islamabad should get serious.Recommend

  • ashraf
    Nov 10, 2015 - 7:57PM

    This shows the blame game has started and fear that Military#zarbEazb not getting req results, there is a chaos and instabilityRecommend

  • gmq
    Nov 10, 2015 - 8:25PM

    he wants the clearance of 10% area should be done by civilians as Army has already cleared the remaining 90% years ago :)Recommend

  • So far so good
    Nov 10, 2015 - 8:53PM

    So far so good but do not overdo it. Let both the Army and the Government work within their own ambit and let them cooperate. The balance of power already favors the Army. Negative power, the power to deny, is easier than positive power, that is the ability to bring real peace and to build. Recommend

  • Bunty
    Nov 10, 2015 - 8:58PM

    No the army is wrong. PM Nawaz Sharif and PMLN came to power with a heavy mandate and are better leaders for Pakistan than Imran Khan. Imran khan has only made KPK police depoliticised but Nawaz Sharif has given us Metro. Recommend

  • Azi
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:08PM


    Or maybe its the fact that military has done the clean up work and govt. still doesn’t want to bring investments or funding to the area to bring people back only this time with a sense of purpose in life, which really is the work of govt. not military. I like how quickly people tend to believe that required results are not delivered. Compare some months back to now, have you not seen a huge decrease in suicide bombings? Militants getting desperate? India getting worried? Maybe you cant see all that because you sit on your arm chair passing judgement without a slightest knowledge on how things work in real life, while soldiers pay for your safety with their lives and politicians look for opportunities to make money out of it for self and not for country/ people who keep electing the same people again and againRecommend

  • iCallU
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:30PM

    What’s going on? Why our Prime Minister is unable to finish old projects and promises? Is the Army stopping him from local, provincial & national development? Now, Instead of persistently claiming Army’s achievement as yours… Why don’t you do the job where the nation strongly expect from you? Water, Power, Gas & Oil, agriculture, export, transportation, roads to far reaching town & villages, taxes, finance, finishing of developmental projects, etc etc. Stop worrying about people’s happiness with the army. Don’t dwell on IK or GM or even PP. Do your job that only you can do best! Show us what you can do. Not how you can sue!Recommend

  • Patriot
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:40PM

    Funny when economic picks up, Establishment feels threatened and pulls a coup (remember Imran Dharna Khan, soft coup), when Politicians are weak Establishment gives sermon. Recommend

  • Raghavan
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:53PM

    Is this democracy? See example of India, when modi and co played beef politics, they were immediately dethroned by people teaching a lesson for him? But in Pakistan Army still dictates to democratically elected politicians?Recommend

  • adeel
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:56PM

    I think a “not-so-innocent” game has started between the military and civilian Govt, God forbid we dont go into the next phase. Recommend

  • Feedback
    Nov 10, 2015 - 10:59PM

    The establishment couldn’t find a more user friendly government than PMLN this is why PMLN is still in the so called power, RS just aiming all the time using NS shoulder. The country is currently run by Army. The present form of government is just a new type of dictatorship. Where the so called civil government is dictated all the time. The fact of the matter is, government has no say what so ever. This is just another blame game prior to the visit of COAS to US and the facts are not allowed to be mentioned on public forums. So the international media only get to read the ISPR camouflaged twats comments in the comment section of such type of news.Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:34PM

    @Raghavan: Because here in our country sleeping nation used to elect corrupt and killer parties and due to their poor governance Pakistan is heading towards disaster, debts are increasing day by day and value of rupee is also decreasing. When we will have true democratic government then army will stop interfering in politics of Pakistan. That’s it!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:35PM

    I think a “not-so-innocent” game has started between the military and civilian Govt, God forbid we dont go into the next phase.

    You have the right hunch; the civilian sharif should call the military sharif bogey, before his so called corps commanders with Napoleanic ambitions go on the loose.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:37PM


    First they release miscreants on D chowk . And now they play the Twitter game.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:39PM


    The establishment has no justification ton interfer . Perhaps the geveral should move to Burkina Faso , but no coup is going to happen again in Pakistan Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:39PM

    Nawaz govt is doing nothing. Good warning by the Army chief.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:43PM

    It’s just that our Twitter queen is throwing a tantrum to avoid retirement . I wouldn’t lose sleep over it Recommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 10, 2015 - 11:47PM

    Certain elements of establishment alrrady tried their best with Imran Niazi and TuQ – the people of Pakistan have no appetite for miscreants .

    The 4 provinces , including Balauchistan, will not tolerate any Bonapartism. Recommend

  • raider
    Nov 11, 2015 - 12:29AM

    one chief of miscreants had been chancellor of Bradford university and other had deliver a fatwa on terrorism in UK and Pakistan and had not looted this country wealth, a single murder could not be connected to them with intent to remove their rival for political reasons and their launcher has started operation clean up and considered only a sincere brave man , thanks Recommend

  • Rashid Ashraf
    Nov 11, 2015 - 12:33AM

    The so called democratic government with heavy mandate, has done nothing so far. Only protect their crroupet friends, .Recommend

  • Akbar
    Nov 11, 2015 - 12:35AM

    In Pakistan, the tail wags the dog.

    Has anyone knows one country where a Military General gives ultimatum to the Prime Minister? Recommend

  • Power
    Nov 11, 2015 - 1:21AM

    Power can cause one to be unrealistic, as power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Balance of power is the need of the hour.Recommend

  • Please
    Nov 11, 2015 - 1:38AM

    General, please do not take over governance as that is much more difficult than military operations. On, with your own job, please.Recommend

  • yousafhaque
    Nov 11, 2015 - 1:44AM

    Very polite,yet very forceful punch,to those who understand the reality on ground!Recommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 11, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Borat part 2 in US with his twitterati partner in Bajwa . Can’t wait for the Twwets (Not!) Recommend

  • Trade-off
    Nov 11, 2015 - 2:34AM

    In Washington, if the General offers to restrain Pakistan’s nuclear program, he would be encouraged to topple the government.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Nov 11, 2015 - 2:36AM

    Nawaz government doing nothing for Pakistan, they are corrupt and saving PPP too,
    Excellent General Raheel Sharif the nation stand with you, Nawaz and Zardari are same, their aim. Just looting poor Pakistani money, Good warn themRecommend

  • cautious
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:39AM

    Do more! Sound familiar?Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:39AM

    Here is the demand from the bigger of the two states ruling our land of pure! Looks like time has come to establish some sort of ambassadorial relation between these two competing states. Recommend

  • upchuck
    Nov 11, 2015 - 5:51AM

    The rest of the World would like the govt to exceed the army’s effort. Lets not forget that the military still hasn’t confronted the Haqqani and still hasn’t made a concerted effort to purge extremist sympathizers from it’s own ranks.Recommend

  • Humanoids
    Nov 11, 2015 - 5:53AM

    The SELECTED gives a lecture to the ELECTED. Only in Pakistan! Can the lecture Kayani who refused to attack the mercenaries?Recommend

  • Nov 11, 2015 - 10:31AM

    No doubt about the fact that the governance in Pakistan has flaws and big spaces for corruption…..which need definite improvementRecommend

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