PM says militants be hunted down across country



ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday directed that action against militants in various parts of the country should be scaled up to ensure that terrorism is effectively rooted out from Pakistan. The PM issued the direction in his separate meetings with COAS General Raheel Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at the Prime Minister’s House to devise a strategy to handle the situation in the wake of ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The interior minister apprised the PM of the reports from different law enforcement agencies regarding the security scenario in the country during the North Waziristan Agency operation. Sources in PM House said that some law enforcement and spy agencies have reported to the PM that a large number of militants of TTP have moved into different parts of the country after changing their facial looks. The PM, it was learnt, expressed displeasure over the law and order situation of the country and ordered the interior minister to monitor the performance of the law enforcement agencies officials on daily basis. He said police officials who are not performing their duties should be dealt with strictly. The meeting also discussed issues pertaining to national and internal security as well as issues relating to the situation in North Waziristan and progress of the ongoing military operation. Separately, Prime Minister Nawaz met with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif who briefed him on the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan. Prime Minister Nawaz said during the meeting that there was no precedent in the history of the sacrifices being rendered by the soldiers of Pakistan Army, officials said. He added that our soldiers were fighting for the country’s future. The prime minister said Pakistan’s target should be peace and stability and all resources will be provided to the IDPs and no cost would be spared for their resettlement. 

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