Security forces directed to take action against millitants

ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has directed DG Rangers and Corps Commander Karachi to take stringent action against millitants.

Taking notice of the attack at Karachi airport, army chief spoke to Karachi Corps Commander and DG Rangers by phone and ask them to monitor the operation. Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted: “Army Troops moved to Airport, have started reaching, taking positions and proper coordination being ensured for optimum effect.” Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday morning congratulated the armed forces for their glorious accomplishment on what was one of the most difficult days of Pakistan.

"I salute all the troops who took part in this undefeated counter-terrorism operation", he said. Pakistan's army had been at the forefront of the operation along with paramilitary rangers, police and the airport's security force. Earlier gunmen attacked on Karachi airport on Sunday night and at least 23 people were killed, including all 10 of the attackers. The attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, took place as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government tries to engage Taliban militants in negotiations to end years of fighting.

Gun battles went on for several hours and television pictures showed fire raging at the airport as ambulances ferried casualties away, but by dawn on Monday, the army said the airport had been secured. According to army spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa, the attackers were confined to two areas and ultimately eliminated.

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