ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday chaired a meeting of National Security Conference, comprising heads and representatives of all major political parties in the National Assembly and the military leadership, here at the PM House.
Director General of Military Operations Major General Amir Riaz briefed the political leadership about the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb military operation and the status of objectives achieved so far, said a press release issued by the PM Office. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and ISI Director General Lt Gen Zahir ul Islam and ISPR Director General Maj General Asim Saleem Bajwa also attended the conference.
The participants of the conference were informed about the areas cleared by the armed forces during the operation. The conference was also told that the terrorists are on the run and their command and control system had been crippled.
The meeting was briefed that during the operation and to handle the blowback of Zarb-e-Azb requisite legal and constitutional cover had been given to the Pakistan Army wherever it was required. It was noted with pleasure that the whole nation including political parties had rejected terrorists and their ideology.
Discussion in the conference was frank, candid and held in a cordial atmosphere. Representatives of different political and religious parties agreed that the state has to fight and eliminate militancy. There was absolute unanimity of views on the need to evolve a strategy to eliminate terrorism on long term basis.
The meeting also agreed to work to address extremism. The meeting paid tribute to the valiant armed forces for successful operation and their achievements so far. Tribute was also paid to brave tribal people for their sacrifices and love for Pakistan. The meeting was apprised that through coordinated efforts of the armed forces, financing of terror outfits was being blocked.
The participants of the meeting showed satisfaction over IDPs management and advised the government to consider taking steps for providing more resources for the displaced families.