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Pakistan's military says operation "cripples terrorists' command, control system"

English.news.cn   2014-08-09 21:02:48

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 9(Xinhua)-- Pakistan's military officials on Saturday told the country's top political leaders that the " terrorists are on the run and their command and control system had been crippled" as a result of the major military offensive in North Waziristan tribal region.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a National Security Conference, gathering heads and representatives of all major political parties in National Assembly and the military leadership, to review progress in the military operation launched in June.

The army said that hundreds of local and foreign militants have been killed during the long-awaited operation and their sanctuaries destroyed.

Director General Military Operations Major General Amir Riaz briefed the political leadership about the ongoing operation code- named "Zarb-e-Azb" and the status of objectives achieved so far, a statement from the prime minister's media center said after the conference.

Chief of the army, General Raheel Sharif and Director General of the main intelligence agency, ISI, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir ul Islam and the army's spokesman Maj. General Asim Saleem Bajwa also attended the conference.

Participants in the conference were informed about the areas cleared by government forces during the operation. They were told that during the operation and to handle the blowback of the operation, requisite legal and constitutional cover has been given to Pakistan Army wherever it was required.

"It was noted with pleasure that the whole nation including political parties had rejected terrorists and their ideology," the statement said, adding "representatives of all political and religious parties agreed that 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 was also apprised that through coordinated efforts of armed forces, financing of terror outfits is being blocked.

According to the meeting, stated policy of the armed forces during the operation is to ensure no collateral damage and to protect the life and property of innocent civilians.

The participants called for capacity building of law enforcement agencies, and stressed greater coordination to deny any terrorist entry in the mainland.

Editor: Fu Peng
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