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Nawaz Sharif issued directives for enhancing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad

14 March, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday issued directives for enhancing the pace of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which began last month, following a strong wave of terror across the country.

The premier was chairing a high-level security session at the PM's House. During the session, the PM expressed satisfaction on the progress made by the army and other law enforcement agencies and issued directives for enhancing the pace of implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

Laws governing anti-terrorism efforts were also reviewed in the meeting, and ways to make those laws more effective were discussed. For the beneficial outcome of the security measures, it was agreed upon that the effective contact should be maintained between the provinces and the centre.

Recent initiatives on the management of the Pak-Afghan border were also reviewed in detail.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser Lieutenant General (r) Nasir Khan Janjua and ISI DG Lt Gen Naveed also attended the high-level civil-military session.

It is vital to mention here that Pakistan on February 22 had launched a nationwide military offensive 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' following a strong wave of terror across the country, which left more than 100 people dead and hundreds of others wounded. This nationwide military operation included broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. The elimination of residual terrorist threats, the consolidation of gains made during previous counter-terrorism operations and tightening security on the borders have been described as the main objectives of the new operation, joined by the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy, and paramilitary organisations, civilian law enforcement agencies and intelligence outfits.

Meanwhile, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Apex Committee met in Peshawar on Monday, with COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa as a special participant.

All civil and military members, including KP governor, chief minister and Peshawar Corps commander participated in the meeting. The forum reviewed security situation in the province and progress on Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

The forum appreciated the efforts of the army as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and pledged that concerted joint efforts would continue to energise the NAP and eradicate the root causes of terrorism and militancy. Issues emanating from the presence of Afghan refugees and matters related to improved border management also came under discussion.

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