ISLAMABAD: PM Nawaz, Gen Raheel disscuss out Taliban talks

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif hashed out national security topics.

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According to sources, counterterrorism measures being adopted by the armed forces remained the order of the meeting, however, detailed notes were also compared to Taliban peace process.

The prime minister during the meeting told the army chief that terrorism should not be allowed. “Insurgency, if it proceeds to challenge the writ of government, will be crushed in all its phases”, said the premier minister.

The army chief briefed the prime minister about a late attempt on the troops and their subsequent retaliation. Earlier on Thursday, a roadside bomb killed at least nine soldiers and injured two others in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The bomb detonated as a military convoy passed in the village of Ghulamkhan in troubled North Waziristan, one of seven lawless tribal districts where Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants are holed up.

The armed forces said in a statement that nine soldiers were killed and two others were severely injured in the roadside fire. Local military officials confirmed the incident and said troops called in air support and established a search operation in the area after the attempt.

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