Islamabad - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif said yesterday that National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism is central to achievements of the objectives of Zarb-e-Azb and its lack of progress is affecting the consolidation phase.

“Unless all prongs deliver meaningfully and all inadequacies are addressed, remnants of terrorism would continue to simmer, and long term peace and stability would remain a distant dream,” General Raheel told a security meeting at GHQ which reviewed progress of operation Zarb-e-Azb and NAP.

Pakistan has come a long way in fighting war on terror and is reversing the tide towards eliminating this scourge from its soil, he told the meeting attended by Principle Staff Officers, ISI DG and Commander Rawalpindi Corps, according to ISPR.

“While there has been considerable improvement in security environment and dividends have started to reach masses, any distracting and inciting comments and theories by some quarters are unhelpful and undermining the overall national effort,” the COAS warned.

He emphasised the need to synergise the national response to successfully conclude the efforts. “I salute the people of Pakistan, all security forces and intelligence agencies, for their tireless efforts and sacrifices to bring about peace and stability.”

The GHQ meeting comes a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-powered meeting in Islamabad which concluded with formation of a Task Force to oversee implementation on NAP, after a Nacta report revealed that only eight of the 20 points of the Plan had been implemented so far.

The meeting focused on the latest trends of activities of hostile intelligence agencies to destabilise Pakistan and agreed to scale up the existing efforts to counter them.

Government sources confirmed on Friday that TTP splinter group Jamat ul Ahrar, which claimed responsibility for the Quetta bombing, is being supported by Afghanistan’s NDS and Indian spy agency Raw.

Senior analyst Dr Hussain Shaheed Soharwardi and Former ambassador Arif Kamal were of the view that the anti-Pakistan elements were making efforts to sabotage CPEC and reverse the trend of improving economy.

Former ambassador Khalid Saleem said: “There are some elements involved directly or indirectly in efforts to destabilise Pakistan by all means”.