ISLAMABAD - The top military leadership reiterated its resolve that the terrorists would neither be allowed to return to North Waziristan Agency nor given any space to resettle anywhere else in the country.
Presiding over the Corp Commanders Conference at the General Headquarters on Monday, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif expressed complete satisfaction over the progress made so far in operation Zarb-e-Azb. The commanders were given a detailed briefing on the ongoing operation and the overall security situation in the country.
According to a statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Raheel hoped that with the blessings of Allah Almighty and wholehearted support of the valiant nation, operation Zarb-e-Azb would succeed. He paid rich tributes to the military troops for showing courage and rendering sacrifices during the operation. He emphasised the need to consolidate the operational gains made so far, which he hoped would also be backed up by long-term counter-terrorism and counter-extremism measures by the stakeholders concerned.
“The meeting was briefed that during the operation and to handle the blowback of operation Zarb-e-Azb, requisite legal and constitutional cover has been given to the Pakistan Army wherever it was required,” said the statement.
Recounting the sacrifices made and cooperation extended by the brave tribal brethren in fight against terrorism, the COAS directed all the concerned that no stone be left unturned to assist the IDPs during their stay at temporarily established camps and in their early return to their homes.
According to sources, the commanders were also given the detailed briefing on the Pak-Afghan border situation and eastern borders as well, including the Line of Control (LoC) violations by the Indian Army. There was a brief discussion over the borders situation.
The Corp Commanders expressed their satisfaction over the security arrangements from the Pakistani side.
Director General Military Operations Major Gen Amir Riaz briefed the participants of Corp Commanders Conference about the operation Zarb-e-Azb and border situation with Afghanistan and India.
Meanwhile, The Nation has learnt that the military top brass in Corps Commanders meeting has distanced itself from meddling in the country’s internal politics, and vowed to play its role for ensuring security of sensitive installations and assets in the federal capital under article 245 as the last line of defence. The commanders decided to stay away from the turmoil-like situation in the national politics and focused on operation Zarb-e-Azb and other security-related issues.
The Inter Services Public Relations termed the Corp Commanders Conference as a routine exercise and said it was not an extra-ordinary or emergency meeting as portrayed in some section of media.
Talking to this correspondent, the spokesman said, “It is a routine monthly corps commanders meeting, which usually held in the first week of the month but this time delayed for a week due to Eid.”