CoAS stresses on harmonized efforts against terrorism

WEB DESK: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has asked the US government to target Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants and their chief Mullah Fazlullah in their hideouts in Afghanistan.

In a meeting with General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and Ambassador Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, General Raheel raised the demand of targeting TTP and its chief Mullah Fazlullah who are hiding in Afghanistan.

General Raheel reaffirmed the need for continuing harmonised efforts against terrorists and effective border management as ways to regional peace and stability. He maintained that all efforts towards durable peace in the region have to be synergized with a shared commitment and responsibility in order to make them successful.

The Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched against terrorists of all hues and sanctuaries of terrorists were dismantled without discrimination, he said, adding all stakeholders need to understand Pakistan’s challenges with regard to porous border, inter-tribal linkages and decades-old presence of over 3 million refugees.

He said it is unfortunate that Pakistan is blamed for instability in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan has always expressed its readiness to work towards a long-term peace process for Afghanistan under the Quadrilateral Co-ordination Group (QCG) framework.

According to ISPR, regional security situation, with particular reference to border management and peace and stability in Afghanistan in the post-21 May US drone strike environment, came under discussion. General Raheel said that drone attacks violated Pakistan’s sovereignty.

ISPR states, “Expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, the CoAS highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and respect and was counter productive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb”.

He further said that Pakistan will not allow Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies to foment terrorism in the country. – Business Recorder