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Pakistan justice system is not come under military domain: DG ISPR

16 January, 2015

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LONDON: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Bajwa said on Thursday 15,January,2015 that the justice system has not come under military domain, explaining that military courts are a stop gap arrangement due to the existing capacity issue of Pakistan’s judicial system.

Bajwa addressed the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a leading think tank in London on Thursday. The DG ISPR, spoke on the role of the Pakistan Army in countering terrorism, rendering great sacrifices. He explained how the army freed areas from Taliban control adding that the strategic objective was to deny them use of Pakistan’s territory to achieve lasting peace. Bajwa told the think tank in his address, that with the aim of eliminating terrorism and ending militant links in the area to establish the writ of the state and to improve governance in the area, the army began its operation from the North in Bajaur agency and made its way down. He recalled how Swat was taken over by terrorists and how the army went in to eliminate them after the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) began flogging people meting out their brand of justice.

The operation was lauded by the United Nations as the most successful operation. Zarb-e-Azb Bajwa shared, that the government made efforts to negotiate with the terrorists to address the matter through dialogue, but that didn’t help. Then the terrorists attacked one of the country’s major airports in Karachi which was a defining point to launch Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Prior to the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Bajwa added, the Army Chief issued clear instructions that the operation will be against terrorists of all hues and colour without any discrimination.

That collateral damage must be avoided even at the cost of delayed progress in the operation and that no human rights violations should take place. He explained that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is not an end in itself, it is a national effort involving all segments of Pakistani society determined to root out terrorism from Pakistan and it aims at restoring the writ of the government through use of military intervention, destroying safe-havens and terrorist hideouts, eliminating all kinds of terrorists. Bajwa shared, that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is continuing successfully. As a result over 2000 terrorists have been killed in North Waziristan and elsewhere, he added that the price being paid is also high, over 200 soldiers have laid down their lives and nearly 800 have been injured

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