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Pay terrorists back in their own coin, PM Nawaz told forces

24 January, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday emphasised the need to make the intelligence mechanism more effective and directed the security forces to pay terrorists back in their own coin.

He expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting on the national security situation here at the Prime Minister's House.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif, Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Major Gen Amir Riaz, Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem, DG MI Maj. Gen. Sarfaraz Sattar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Gen Zahirul Islam attended the meeting.

The meeting was convened in the wake of recent terror incidents in Bannu, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Mastung and Karachi.

DG ISI Gen Zahirul Islam gave a comprehensive briefing on the overall security situation. A preliminary report on terrorist incidents in the country was presented during the meeting which also focused on making the workings of intelligence agencies more effective to curb terrorism.

Sources said evidence in the report suggested that foreign elements had a hand in the recent terrorist attacks.

The meeting decided to launch surgical strikes against the hideouts of militants and their training camps. It was also decided to boost security on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan including aerial surveillance of the border area.

Sources said both the civilian and military leadership agreed that under a joint strategy, surgical strikes based on credible intelligence should be launched.

It was also decided to keep the doors of dialogue open for those willing to talk to the federal government within the ambit of the Constitution.

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