ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for making the intelligence mechanism more effective for curbing incidents of terrorism.
He expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting Thursday on the security situation prevailing in the country. The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major Gen Amir Riaz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Gen Zahirul Islam.
DG ISI Gen Zahirul Islam gave a comprehensive briefing to the meeting on the overall security situation. A preliminary report on terrorist incidents in the country was presented during the meeting which also focused on making intelligence work more effective to curb the menace of terrorism. Sources said that evidence in the report suggested that foreign elements had a hand in the recent terrorist attacks, whereas important decisions were made in the meeting to deal with terrorists.
It was decided in the meeting that surgical attacks would be carried out at the hideouts of the militants and their training camps, sources said. The meeting did not discussed ground offensive against the militants. It also decided to boost security at the country’s border with Afghanistan, including aerial surveillance of the border area, sources further said. The meeting also considered possible action against terrorists, whereas Prime Minister Nawaz was briefed about the forces behind the recent incidents of terrorism. Sources said Prime Minister Nawaz directed Interior Minister Nisar and Information Minister Pervez Rashid to reach Quetta to meet the protesters.
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