Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a high-level meeting in General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi to review the overall security situation in the aftermath of the Peshawar massacre that left 148 people dead including 132 schoolchildren. The prime minister met Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and other senior military officials.
He was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi. The meeting mainly focused on a future course of action following Tuesday’s gruesome attack by Pakistani Taliban terrorists on an army-run school in Peshawar. The civilian and military leadership have decided to show zero tolerance for terrorists.
Besides, during the meeting the ongoing military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in North Waziristan was also discussed. Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar gave a detailed briefing on the overall security situation in the country. Defence sources said that military’s top command informed the prime minister that army will further scale up the two major military operations simultaneously underway in two agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to derive maximum results.
Later, Prime Minister laid a floral wreath on the resting place of martyrs and he was briefed over the ongoing operations. The premier paid rich tributes to the armed forces for rendering sacrifices in the war against terrorism, particularly in the ongoing operation.
Soon after the meeting with Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif left for Khyber Agency to personally supervise the ongoing military operation against terrorists. The prime minister was briefed about the military operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and Khyber-One operation in Khyber Agency. The decision has been taken to further scale up military operations in the two tribal agencies in order to secure control of the major part of these areas before terrorists strike again, defence sources said.
According to ISPR, “General Raheel will visit frontline troops participating in the on-going ground action against terrorists”. The ISPR further states that terrorists were killed by security forces in an ambush in Tirah, Khyber on Friday. According to reports, a group of terrorists was moving from Tirah towards Pak-Afghanistan border, when security forces attacked them at Wurmagai and Spurkot, resultantly 32 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire. Three security forces personnel were injured. Fleeing terrorists left behind the bodies of their accomplices.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT