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Surgical strikes to continue: PM Nawaz, COAS Raheel

24 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Thursday. They discussed matters relating to situation in the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif met on Thursday to discuss issues related to national security and terrorism.

This one-to-one meeting is considered crucial especially in the backdrop of recent increase in the incidents of terrorism including attacks on the armed forces.

Sources said during the meeting civilian and military leadership agreed that under a joint strategy surgical strikes based on credible intelligence would continue in future as well. However, they added, that doors of dialogue would be open for those who are willing to talk within the ambit of constitution while anti-state elements will be dealt with force.

PM said that we would not allow our national security to be challenged at any cost adding that the nation was united in the fight against terrorism and such attacks would not lower its morale.

He further said the personnel of the armed forces had rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism and the nation was proud of them.

"Those who have sacrificed their lives today for ensuring a better tomorrow for our future generations are our benefactors," the prime minister said.

PM also informed the army chief of the amended Pakistan Protection Ordinance, which was lauded by the Army chief, who said that this would help law enforcing agencies carry out their work and would also help settle the missing persons issue, sources said.

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