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Nation’s cooperation needed to overcome terrorism: ISPR

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ISLMABAD: Top commanders of the Pakistan Army, in a several hours prolong meeting, showed their determination to not allow terrorists to reunite or return to areas where the military has been carrying out an operation against terrorists’ elements.

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The meeting at the General Headquarter (GHQ) today, presided by the chief of Army staff Gen Raheel Sharif expressed complete satisfaction over progress made so far in Operation Zarb-i-Azb.

A briefed account was given to the commanders concerning the ongoing operation and the current security situation in the country.

The courage and devotions of the troops were appreciated and commended by the army chief who stressed on the need to consolidate operational gains make so far in the operation.

“No stone (should) be left unturned to assist IDPs during their stay outside and in their early return to their homes,” he said.

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According to the sources, operational commanders briefed the meeting that after wiping Miramshah, Mir Ali was now being cleared with 70 per cent of the area already cleared.

The council had been held two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a high-level security meeting attended by the army chief and heads of parliamentary parties.

The conference was held at a time when there is a massive pressure build up on Nawaz Sharif to step down over alleged corruption and election rigging.

The political scenario has taken on critical dimensions with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan welcoming Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s verdict to hold his Inqilab march on August 14 when PTI also schedules to march on Islamabad.

The speculations, made by Nawaz Sharif that elements raised against the government have raised with the support of military, were also rejected during the meeting.

 

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