COAS calls on PM Nawaz, Karachi operation discussed


ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday at Prime Minister House, during which the on-going Rangers operation against criminal elements in Karachi and other affairs related to Sindh province were discussed.


Matters related to internal security and the paramilitary forces’ operation against suspected terrorists in Sindh also came under discussion.

According to the sources, the army chief apprised the premier of the progress made so far in operation Zarb-i-Azb against militants in North Waziristan tribal region, which entered its last phase last month with the launch of a ground offensive in Shawal Valley.

Gen Raheel Sharif also discussed the security situation at the Line of Control (LoC), Working Boundary and the western boundary of Pakistan with the prime minister.

At least eight people were killed on Friday in villages along the Working Boundary in the bloodiest ceasefire violations by India this year.

Army Chief Gen Raheel, who had dashed to Sialkot after the incident, said Indians had “crossed all limits to terrorise Pakistan’s civilian population disregarding international conventions and norms”.

Decrying the attacks on civilian population as a “cowardly act”, the army chief said there was “definite linkage between terrorism being sponsored by India in various parts of Pakistan and belligerence along LoC and WB”.