Ex-servicemen hail govt decision on terrorism
25 January, 2014
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (Pesa) Friday expressed its full support to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to pay terrorists back in their own coin.
In a meeting of Pesa chaired by its President, Lt Gen (R) Ali Kuli Khan, it was observed that the decision showed that the federal government, teetering between talks and military operation for long, had chosen to exert writ of the state and talk from a position of strength.
It is need of the hour to adopt a stern policy towards these elements because their activities have attained new heights, taking heavy toll of lives, civilian as well as military, the former military strategists said.
It has been shocking and unfortunate that some of our self-proclaimed peace-lovers say nothing against the terrorists but lose no time to criticise military actions against leading militant commanders, they added.
Vice Admiral (R) Ahmad Tasnim, Air Marshal (R) Masood Akhtar, Lt Gen (R) Naeem Akbar, former ambassador Salim Nawaz Gandapur, Brig (R) Mian Mahmud, Brig (R) Syed Masud ul Hassan and others were present on the occasion.
The meeting noticed that terrorists had become more ruthless and barbaric while attacking schools, places of worship, funerals, markets and security agencies, etc. at will.The situation calls for comprehensive policies for national security and counter-terrorism which must have total support of the masses. Pesa has carried out detailed study and suggested sets of such policies, a presentation of which was given to Mian Nawaz Sharif and some other prominent PML-N leaders in 2011.Pesa members said that they considered the war as ours now because the enemy was striking against lives of the people and our national values.