ISLAMABAD–The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif is chairing a conference of the Pakistan Army’s corps commanders at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi today.
During the on-going meeting, General Raheel and the commanders expressed their resolve to eradicate terrorism through the ongoing operation Zarb-i-Azb, a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan, a week after the brazen insurgent attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi last year.
The commanders were also briefed about security at the eastern and western borders of Pakistan.
During the conference last month, the COAS and Corps commanders comprehensively reviewed internal and external security situation in the country.
The review also focused on the most effective manner of implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) — which was drafted in the wake of the deadly Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism — with the federal and provincial governments, in order to eliminate terrorism, extremism and sectarianism without any discrimination.
In the wake of the terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School which left more than 130 students dead, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in December last year constituted a special committee for the implementation of the NAP.
“I will personally supervise the implementation of the National Action Plan and will make sure that it is swift and effective,” Prime Minister Nawaz had previously said during a meeting on the plan, adding that Operation Zarb-i-Azb was in progress in the tribal areas and that another operation would be launched against terrorists in major cities.
As a part of the National Action Plan, the government has been working to stop printing and publication of hate material promoting sectarianism. Constitutional amendments would also be introduced before the Parliament which would regulate printing of such publications as illegal.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily