Pakistan to Launch Large-Scale Operation against Militants

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A high level meeting of top ranking civil and military officials decided to launch a strict anti-terrorist military operation in North Waziristan and other tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, Islam Times reported.

The meeting was called after rebels attacked Karachi airport in an assault that left 29 dead on Sunday’s late night. The sectarian militants affiliated with Taliban have also targeted Muslim pilgrims in Taftan on the same day.

Country’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of the General Staff General Ashfaq Nadeem, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi also attended the meeting.

The internal security and Pak-Afghan border situation came under detailed review while a decision was made to strengthen the mechanism for intelligence sharing.

A source claimed that while during the meeting, Nawaz Sharif insisted on further dialogue process with Taliban he insisted for the military to ramp up pressure in response to Taliban attacks. The military’s case has been built on the premise that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has resumed its aggression against Pakistan military and security apparatus.

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