ISLAMABAD - Expressing his firm resolve to hunt down terrorists Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the whole nation is standing behind the armed forces fighting the battle for the peace and stability of the country.

The chase of the militants will continue till their annihilation, Sharif said during his visit to the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

The PM was received by Chief of Army Staff on his arrival at GHQ. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Adviser to PM Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi.

During the briefing given to the prime minister on ongoing war on terror, the loopholes in the prosecution of terrorists in the courts were highlighted because most of the hardened militants taking advantage of the flawed prosecution escape punishment which on one hand imperil the lives of the citizens while on the other demoralise the soldiers.

It was the consensus view of the participants that forces would be given full legal backing and the lacunae in the prosecution would be removed for the effective trial of the militants. The meeting noted with appreciation that anti-terror operation in Lahore by police was based on a tip off by an intelligence agency.

Upon his arrival the PM visited the Martyrs monument, laid floral wreath and offered Fateha there. Later he, his advisers and federal ministers were briefed by DGMO on the progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The meeting was also attended by ISI DG, CGS, DGMO, DGM, ISPR DG and Budget DG.

The PM showed great satisfaction over the progress and noted that the forces were achieving the intended objectives at the desired pace. He appreciated Pakistan Army for providing security to the Chinese workers working on different projects across Pakistan.

The prime minister stated that army will be fully equipped and provided all requisite resources to fight this war. He stressed the need of strong defence for Pakistan keeping in view the prevailing security scenario of the region and world.

The prime minister was also briefed over the country’s law and order situation and the requirements of armed forces. Issues related to strategic assets and their security also came under their discussion. He said that Nadra should fast track verification process of IDPs by employing additional manpower and equipment in Bannu. He directed that damage assessment of the affected area should also be carried out for better and planned resource allocation for effective reconstruction and rehabilitation.