Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Friday that lack of progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) is adversely affecting the military operation Zarb-e-Azb.
According to ISPR, General Raheel Sharif chaired a high-level meeting at the General Headquarters (GHQ) which reviewed the progress of the Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the NAP.
Principle Staff Officers (PSOs), the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Corps Commander Rawalpindi attended the meeting.
The ISPR statement says, “The NAP is central to achievements of our objectives and its lack of progress is affecting the consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb”. General Raheel Sharif said the NAP is meant for the achievement of our objectives.
The statement further says, “Unless all prongs deliver meaningfully and all inadequacies are addressed, remnants of terrorism would continue to simmer and long term peace and stability would remain a distant dream”, adding, “We have come a long way in fighting this war on terror and reversing the tide towards eliminating this scourge from our soil. The whole nation has been standing alongside its security forces”.
The Army Chief said the whole nation stands by the security forces in the war against terrorism. He said that criticism from some quarters can damage the national cause to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country.
Referring to distracting and inciting comments and theories by some quarters, the Chief of Army Staff said, “While there has been considerable improvement in security environment and dividends have started to reach masses, any distracting and inciting comments and theories by some quarters are unhelpful and undermining the overall national effort.”
General Raheel also said that a lengthy war against terrorism is about to conclude.
The army chief pointed out that a synergized national response was needed to successfully conclude those efforts. “I salute the people of Pakistan, all security forces and intelligence agencies, for their tireless efforts and sacrifices to bring about peace and stability,” he was quoted as saying.
The forum reaffirmed its resolve to continue to contribute towards full spectrum national security.
Earlier, security forces nabbed six terrorists during a combing operation in different areas of Rawalpindi district late Thursday.
According to ISPR, “combing operations are under way across the country to bust terrorist sleeper cells and eliminate hiding terrorists”.
ISPR said that a combing operation was carried out Thursday night to nab terrorists in Kallar Sayedan and Gujar Khan areas of district Rawalpindi. Six terrorists including two important terrorists’ commanders and a cache of arms and ammunition including prepared IEDs were recovered. -Business Recorder