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June 11, 2014

Terrorism to be crushed with iron hand

 
June 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The civil and military leadership on Tuesday expressed the resolve that terrorism in the country would be crushed with an iron hand, thereby, adopting a unanimous stand on terrorism.

The decision in this regard was taken during a high-level meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The meeting reviewed the law and order situation in the country and decided to launch a comprehensive operation against the militants, as the talks could not bear any fruit.

Sources said that the security situation of Karachi after the terrorist attack on the Jinnah International Airport and that of Balochistan was also discussed by the civil-military leadership. Matters relating to internal and regional security, including Fata, Karachi and Balochistan, were discussed.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad and Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi were also present. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and ISI chief Zaheer-ul-Islam were not present at the meeting.

The PM was briefed on the overall security situation in the country, and was presented a report on the recent attacks on the Karachi airport. Sources quoted the PM as saying that terrorist activities would not be tolerated. The meeting was announced shortly after terrorists attacked the Karachi airport in an assault that left 29 dead.

The recent terrorist attacks on security forces and national installations claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) came under discussion.

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