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PTI, JUI-F stress political parties' role over military operation

Barrister Gohar says parliament should be taken into confidence before any operation is launched

By Waqar Satti
June 23, 2024
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Asaq Qasier (left) meets Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad on June 22, 2024. — Reporter
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Asaq Qasier (left) meets Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad on June 22, 2024. — Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Sunday called for political parties to play their role in achieving peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, stressing that military operation wasn't a solution to the problem.

The development comes after senior PTI leader Asad Qaiser met JUI-F Emir Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday wherein both leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating security, law and order situation in the province.

The two sides also agreed on fulfilling the role of opposition in the National Assembly as well as on the constitution of a political committee to address various issues between them and formulate a political strategy.

They also agreed on playing their role for establishing brotherly relations with Afghanistan and also called for the establishment of an economic corridor with the neighbouring country at border crossing points.

The two parties' statement regarding military operation comes a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif gave the go-ahead to "Azm-e-Istehkam", a national counter-terrorism drive to turn up the heat on militants targeting the state of Pakistan.

Separately, speaking outside the Parliament House today, PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan said that the legislature must be taken into confidence before any operation is launched.

"We do not support any operation," said Qasier, adding that any decision or agreement reached must be brought before the parliament.

The government's decision to launch a new operation was taken during a meeting of the Central Apex Committee on National Action Plan (NAP), which was approved with the consensus of all stakeholders including provinces, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), a statement from the PM's Office said.

The renewed and full-blown kinetic efforts of the armed forces would be augmented by full support from all law enforcement agencies.

The move comes as the country has witnessed a significant surge in terrorist attacks in recent months resulting in scores of both civilian and security forces' casualties.

Pakistan has time again called on Afghanistan's Taliban-led administration to prevent its soil from being used by various terrorist organisations against Pakistan — an allegation Kabul has denied.

According to the Q1 2024 Security Report issued by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) regarding terrorism-related statistics in the first four months of 2024, the country witnessed at least 432 violence-linked fatalities and 370 injuries among civilians, security personnel and outlaws resulting from as many as 245 incidents of terror attacks and counter-terror operations.

Among the 432 fatalities, 281 included that of civilians and security forces personnel.

At least 92% of all fatalities and 86% of attacks, including those related to terrorism and security forces operations, were recorded in KP and Balochistan provinces in the first quarter of 2024, the report said.