No option but to win war on terrorists: PM

KARACHI: Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said terrorism should be wiped out once and for all as the government was left with no option but to win the war against terrorism.

While presiding over a meeting with Apex Committee Sindh to review implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) in the province at Governor House in Karachi, he said: “The terrorists would be eliminated from every nook and corner of the country. We have to collectively win the war as nation has pinned hope to NAP.”

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said police should remain apolitical. The Karachi operation would be continued without discrimination against all criminals irrespective of their ethnic, political, religious and sectarian affiliation.

“Karachi has a big role in making national economy better. Peace of the country is linked to the peace in Karachi. Therefore, special steps are needed for sustainable peace in the city and rangers operation had successfully created the environment of peace in the region,” he said.

He said there was a need of better coordination among law enforcement agencies and consensus of all the stakeholders was necessary to bring peace in the city. Political intervention should not take place in posting and transferring of police officials.

Meanwhile, while on a visit to the rangers’ headquarters, COAS applauded the efforts of Sindh rangers when he was shown weapons recovered during the Karachi operation and directed them to keep up. He was also briefed about the ongoing operation.

He ensured LEAs that Army was ready to go any extent to maintain peace and would extend all out help for stability of peace in Karachi.

Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, DG Rangers Bilal Akber, security agencies officials, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, former president Asif Ali Zardari and members of the provincial cabinet were also present in the meeting.

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