Talks or no talks, bloodshed has to stop: PM, COAS

*Nawaz tells Sharif sacrifices of patriotic soldiers won’t go in vain

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif have stressed that irrespective of whether peace talks are held or not, violence and bloodshed by militants must stop.General Sharif is said to have conveyed to the prime minister that the recent attacks on the security forces are not likely to stop unless some hostile groups of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are neutralised. The wave of deadly attacks on security forces and civilians in different parts of the country has compelled the top security bosses to review the security strategy to counterbalance the hostile militant factions sabotaging the peace initiatives in the country.Amid no let-up in the terror attacks, the military establishment has reportedly told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that the use of force against the miscreants has become unavoidable. The development surfaced on Thursday, with the army chief having called on the prime minister to brief him about the security situation in the country. “The policy of inaction costs us dearly,” said an intelligence insider while quoting the COAS in the briefing to the PM. “Soon, there would be a change (in policy), a visible one,” the source said. Apparently, the prime minister and the army chief shared a unanimity in the view that that the terrorists would not be allowed to keep striking with impunity. “Peace talks or no peace talks. Bloodshed has to stop,” the intelligence insider said while disclosing the meeting’s agenda. The intelligence source said certain TTP factions were against the peace talks. “They need to be neutralised even if the peace talks are to be proceeded ahead.” The COAS also shared the details of Thursday’s terror attacks in Miranshah in which twelve soldiers were killed. PM Nawaz expressed his grief over the loss of lives of the Pakistan Army soldiers and said, “The sacrifices by our patriotic soldiers will not go in vain.” 

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