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Pakistan's new army chief defies terrorist attacks

Published Dec 21, 2013 07:43pm


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Despite showing support for the govt’s peace talks’ initiative with Taliban, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif Saturday said that terrorist attacks will not be tolerated. – File Photo
Despite showing support for the govt’s peace talks’ initiative with Taliban, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif Saturday said that terrorist attacks will not be tolerated. – File Photo

PESHAWAR: Despite reiterating full support to the ongoing government-led peace process with the Taliban militants, Pakistan’s new army chief General Raheel Sharif Saturday vowed to not tolerate any more terrorist attacks.

During his visit to the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, he emphasised that terrorist attacks will not be tolerated and will be responded effectively, said a statement issued by the ISPR.

Ruling out military action against proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as its first preference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has promised to persuade insurgents to lay down their weapons through peace negotiations.

PM Sharif, earlier this week, said the government will use “force as a last resort.”

The Pakistani Taliban, however, have dismissed the government’s peace initiative saying they have information that plans are already under way for a military operation, adding the insurgents were ready for battle.

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Sharif laid a flower wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada (martyrs’ monument) on his arrival in the capital of troubled Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) province bordering Afghanistan.

“He paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defence of motherland,” said the statement.

Later, he was briefed in detail at the Corps Headquarters about various operational, training and administrative matters.

The army chief appreciated the resolve displayed by the officers and men during fight against terrorism and bringing stability to the militancy hit areas.

The clashes between militants and Pakistani security forces, erupted following a suicide attack on a military checkpoint which killed at least five soldiers and wounded 34 others Wednesday night, have seen at least 53 people dead in North Waziristan.

Still unclear is whether the individuals who have been killed in this week’s clashes are civilian or militant. Indeed, the entire chain of events that has left the whole of North Waziristan under a curfew for four days is shrouded in confusion. Competing version of events between military sources, militant groups and local residents cannot yet be reconciled in an area that is inaccessible to most journalists.

Appreciating the infrastructure building and reconstruction work being undertaken by the Pakistan Army for socio-economic benefit of the local population of FATA and Malakand, the army chief instructed all concerned to ensure quality and timely completion of these projects.

Earlier, on his arrival in Peshawar, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani.


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Nikki Dec 21, 2013 08:07pm

Yes, the Taliban,s offensive attitude should be responded forcefully. Thay dont deserve for any soft and flexible policy.They do not consider themselves as citizenes of Pakistan when they have denied it. Talking with monster is madness.Pakistani people have suffered alot, they want to get rid of ruthless stakeholders .

Agha Ata Dec 21, 2013 08:11pm

TTP has killed thousands of civilians, women and children and they are continuing with their unrestrained- killing spree. Since there is no definite hope that they will come to the peace-dialogue table and they intend to continue with their fatal attacks, it is time to stop them by any means.

Khalid Dec 21, 2013 08:26pm

Finally, someone with a back bone in Pakistan stood up to these terrorists. This is what most Pakistanis have been waiting for. I always knew it can ONLY be army to stand up and defend Pakistan. Politicians have done absolutely NOTHING for Pakistan, ever.

Nadeem Chaudhry Dec 21, 2013 08:42pm

I expected better of Gen. Sharif. It would have been equally important and appropriate to remember the civilian casualties of this war as well.

assad Dec 21, 2013 09:03pm

Something that Kiyani should have been very clear about. Each and every TTP attack shoudl be answered with massive force and immediacy. This is the only language that the TTP understand and respect. This slogan about "talks" is a non-starter and is being used by the TTP as a ruse.

independentthinker Dec 21, 2013 09:18pm

We need a strong military leader to confront the on-going threats by the terrorists - and I can see our current COAS General Sharif to be that person. With his life long service to the country and also, coming from a family who have committed themselves to the safety and security of our beloved country, I can see us being in good hands. While our politicians can "talk the talk" - they have really not experienced what true sacrifice is - most of them were born with a "silver spoon in their mouth". General Sharif is different. I wish him much success and I pray that Pakistan is no longer ruled by corruption. For once, I am glad in most cases, our military does not have to take orders from our political leaders and can freely do, what is best for our country. God bless Pakistan.

Ahmer Dec 21, 2013 10:30pm

Thank you Gen Sharif. Finally we got a true hero from a heroic family to lead a heroic Army. The nation is proud of you General.

sikander abbas Dec 21, 2013 10:32pm

Thank You COAS! Please save Pakistan from these lunatics (they shouldn't be even called muslims). All credit goes to our martyred jawans, they are our country shuhdas who gave their lives to protect and save Pakistan.

Manzar Dec 21, 2013 10:45pm


We are with you, General , go ahead, don't listen to these coward politicians they will never respond to Taliban, even last Pakistani get killed, they just was to save themselves, both Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharief will never go against them they have traded their safety with the nations pride. Please go ahead lot of Pakistanis will pray for your success and will stand behind you. You are the only hope.

Haris Dec 21, 2013 11:14pm

Lets see how this goes...

Parvez Dec 21, 2013 11:56pm

Saying it is good........doing it is even better.

Mustafa Dec 22, 2013 12:51am

Thanks god there is somebody out there whose patriotism is beyond doubt and he is thinking about the common man rather than reaching some Mukmuka with the terrorists.

abdulaziz Dec 22, 2013 02:13am

Great move, Sir. May the force be with you to eradicate the scums from this earth. But the big question is: Why did you wait for so long and so many deaths? Another big question is: Why are you still tolerating IK who is clearly on the side of TTP?

Hamid Ali Tabatabai Dec 22, 2013 02:41am

Thank you, now the civilian govt should go ahead and put the 'himayatis' of these taliban in jail. People such as Orya Maqbool Jaan

Kareem Dec 22, 2013 04:27am

Now this is what I like to hear from a General of the Pakistan Army.

Mustafa Dec 22, 2013 05:13am

It will be foolish for the Army not to attack militants and terrorists for fear of innocent human casualties. It is a heavy price Pakistanis have to pay to defend Pakistan and future generation. Only Pakistani Army knows how to destroy enemies of Pakistan.

GA Dec 22, 2013 07:24am

Gen Kiyani used to 'not tolerate' terrorist attacks either. Yet the worst attacks in Pakistani history happened under his watch.

Karol Dec 22, 2013 08:00am

Good job root them out

usman Dec 22, 2013 08:05am

Sir we always proud our army. now country need army to help country and peoples of pakistan

usman Dec 22, 2013 08:06am

Army great cheif great as nation i telling army we always proud u.

Imtiaz Faruqui Dec 22, 2013 11:26am

This means that Gen. Kayani was sleeping , and now Gen. Sharif will not tolerate terrorists in N Waziristan. Good work. New Gen.

Arslan Ahmad Dec 22, 2013 02:31pm

Its good revenge from Army. Sir Chief keep it up. A stubborn persons will never accept logic

Parvez Dec 22, 2013 02:44pm

Saying it good........doing it is even better.

IRFAN Dec 22, 2013 03:03pm

Bravo Gen. Sharif. Pakistan needs this kind of Army Chief. Long Live Pakistan

Muhammad Arshad Dec 23, 2013 11:00am

@Arslan Ahmad: And what is the logic?

bkh Dec 23, 2013 03:51pm

First positive message to the Negative Cleric of Pakistan

Lalat Dec 24, 2013 07:06pm

Once you give in to terrorists' demands, they will come back and ask for more. So, General, please act before it gets out of control. Best of luck.

Butt Dec 24, 2013 08:33pm

General Saheb - Don't forget Musharaf, who did so much for our country.