Prime Minister, CoAS review NAP

WEB DESK: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a high-level meeting Friday to review the internal security situation in the country. The meeting deliberated on various aspects of internal security and discussed implementation of the National Action Plan.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar; Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan; CM Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; Advisor on National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz; SAPM Tariq Fatemi and other high level officials.

The meeting comes a day after the military launched a ground offensive against the local and foreign militants in the remote and mountainous Shawal Valley of North Waziristan. The ground operation was launched hours after air strikes that killed 43 suspected militants.

Fighter jets have been pounding militant sanctuaries in Shawal since last Sunday when terrorists killed Punjab Home Minister Colonel Shuja Khanzada (Retd) in a suicide bombing in his native Shadi Khan village of Attock district. The army has been waging a major offensive to clear militant hideouts in North Waziristan since June last year. Officials say nearly 3,000 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive.