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Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif. — File photo
Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif. — File photo

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday decided to intensify air strikes on militant hideouts in the wake of recent attacks across the country.

The decision was taken by the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif during a meeting of the Formation Commanders at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

In the meeting it was also decided to track down terrorists and monitor their movements across the country. To dismantle terror networks, the army resolved to coordinate closely with intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The half-yearly meeting was attended by all Corps Commanders and Formation Commanders, where comprehensive briefings on the security situation of the country as well as professional matters relating to the military came under discussion.

It also reviewed the goals achieved in North Waziristan and Tirah Valley.

The army chief said the sacrifices rendered by those in the war against terrorism would not be in vain. The participants were briefed on targets of recent air strikes. It was also decided that the Airport Security Force (ASF) would be trained by the military in order to counter future attacks.

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Sajjad Syed Jun 11, 2014 12:59pm

I hope the military leaderships takes on Taliban. This is their oath of office to defend Pakistan from all enemies foreign and domestic.

khanm Jun 11, 2014 01:34pm

The army chief said the sacrifices rendered by those in the war against terrorism would not go to waste. Then please for god sake take over the country.

Jake Jun 11, 2014 02:35pm

They should also warn the PTI and JI for supporting terror and providing space in the name of holding more peace negotiations

Irshad55 Jun 11, 2014 02:36pm

Why do they publish these news? If military plans to launch an operation then keep it close to your chest and surprise the adversary. I wonder why these meetings as they should be in a situation room right now with PMas commander in chief directing the response....

Quetta wala Jun 11, 2014 02:37pm

The damage is already done. Cathay Pacific just cancelled. Insurance companies will not take the risk of insuring these International Carriers,.. if they fly here. Nawaz and Shahbaz were busy building a wall around Punjab while the rest of the country went down the rain.

Safdar Jun 11, 2014 02:40pm

Why did it take army so much time to realize they need to train ASF?? Are we not in a state of war for 8 years now??

syedz Jun 11, 2014 02:43pm

Long live Pakistan Army

baby doll main sone di Jun 11, 2014 02:44pm

all words and no play.

tanchattah Jun 11, 2014 02:45pm

Pak Forces ZINDABAD.

Ek Brit Jun 11, 2014 02:50pm

Bravo Pak Army!!

Sazo Jun 11, 2014 02:50pm

Would be very happy if Army launch full scale operation against terrorist across the country.

Haroon Rashid Khan Jun 11, 2014 02:54pm

I think the decision should come through the Parliament with proper rehabilitation of IDP's. We have not elected the Army, but the politicians.

Nuur Hasan Jun 11, 2014 02:54pm

Air strikes? Why doesnt the "brave" army does a targetted operation on ground?

chand Jun 11, 2014 02:55pm

Await a sharp reaction from IK and JUI

Kashif DXB Jun 11, 2014 03:00pm

My dear army, why were you sleeping for 12 years? I am still not sure if you take it as wake-up call.

Harmony Jun 11, 2014 03:04pm

Great decision...eliminate them...enough is enough.

Krishna Uppaloju Jun 11, 2014 03:12pm

Does the Pakistani government, Army and ISI still differentiate between good Taliban and Bad Taliban. This would be the result if they differentiate. I think Pakistani administration should behave responsibly and eliminate all terrorists irrespective of their ideology and stop using terrorism as foreign policy tool for strategic depth. Terrorists are like beasts if they feed them, one day they might feed on us. In the greater interests of humanity, the Pakistani government, ISI and Army should deal with all the terrorists with iron hand...

Ravi Dallas TX Jun 11, 2014 03:12pm

Don't get excited folks. Seen these statements before several times.

Fappy Jun 11, 2014 03:13pm

So they were waiting for this attack on Karachi Airport?

majeed Jun 11, 2014 03:28pm

@Nuur Hasan ....putting on LED ties and commenting is easy, i wish u were right at the battle field to experience the reality, thank GOD u r not there as u would have been a runner.....

AHMAD Jun 11, 2014 03:28pm

Crush these Talibaans.

M. Siddique Jun 11, 2014 04:00pm

Good move. Late but better. I hope civilian leadership has OKd it.

Dr.M.M.Khan Jun 11, 2014 04:15pm

We have finally discovered Our enemies- They are us.

Mira Jun 11, 2014 04:25pm


Give it a rest.

Mira Jun 11, 2014 04:29pm

@Quetta wala

It is no good starting a feud between provinces. You should ALL unite to eliminate this danger from your country. ALL Afghans should be deported back to their homeland, Afghanistan, and don't allow Afghanistan to trade through Pakistan. Enough is enough.

Mira Jun 11, 2014 04:31pm


Go away.

Adnan Anwar Jun 11, 2014 04:55pm

@khanm every politician and bureaucrat has been waiting this for last 60 years.

GA Jun 11, 2014 05:03pm

Nawaz Sharif is trying so hard to save democracy through his inaction just like Zardari, that he has just handed over power to the generals. Yes, Prime Minister.

Ali Jun 11, 2014 05:08pm

Late but a most wanted decision.... please do not spare them...they are the cancer for Islam and damaging the basic ideology of Islam which is peace for everyone.

If need be, we are ready to fight with them alongwith you.


Ali raza Jun 11, 2014 05:09pm

If you wait for parliament to authorize then we will be waiting for ever.

VINOD Jun 11, 2014 05:13pm

In any other country it will be the PM, of the current government with parliament in confidence, will resolve the action to be taken and not the Army. And certainly the Army chief wont decide the tactics of the Air Force.

VINOD Jun 11, 2014 05:15pm

@khanm Great country, great democracy the people of the world look in wonder the comments of people like you. God bless

Sher Ahmed Jun 11, 2014 05:28pm

@Mira I agree all should be deported and there is no need for Uzbeks, chechens, Yemenis and Ugyurs to be in Pakistan. They should all be arrested on sight and detained pending immediate trials or deportation.

chanda Jun 11, 2014 05:38pm

Air strikes will not be effective as seen in the past , only way is to rehabilitate all militants and give them self rule

Ahmad Jun 11, 2014 05:52pm

I know most of you will get furious in rage but the truth is now its time for our law enforcement agencies and army to get the training from Sri Lankan army, since they successfully eliminated the world

Hussain Jun 11, 2014 06:51pm

No thing comes out of such meetings.....the country is burning and peoples lives are turned upside down yet our Army is issuing statements. After venturing into banking, industries, real states, now probably they should start their own media business as well.

independentthinker Jun 11, 2014 06:54pm

It's about time! You should only stop when the last insurgent is destroyed - please no more negotiations and no more ceasefires!

Quetta wala Jun 11, 2014 06:57pm

@Mira Pull your head out of the rathole in the ground. Then, maybe you can see what's happening,... around.

dv1936 Jun 11, 2014 07:00pm

This gives hope of a better and peaceful life in Pakistan.

hassan Jun 11, 2014 07:28pm

@majeed Well said .. Bravo

Jamal Jun 11, 2014 07:43pm

Ground operation is needed.

Naseer Jun 11, 2014 07:48pm

Thanks to prolong Peace Dialogue, TTP is scattered all over Pakistan. Bombing Waziristan won't bear any fruit; start the operation countrywide. All the best.

daniel shiger Jun 11, 2014 07:56pm

First, you have to send back all these Afghan refugees who you do not need any more as their country is now independant, no war and if there is a war, thats their headache. All the political leadership in Afghanistan do not trust Pakistan and keep on playing blame game when ever an opportunity arises to attribute all wrongs to Pakistan. Why do you need to keep their people in your country. Borders strict checking should be made. No coming no going from Pakistan. Stop influx of people. And start disarming public, and why do Army discloses its plan openly? They need to do their job without giving formal notices.

Kirther Jun 11, 2014 08:34pm

The Army should take full control and act independently their is no need for involving any political parties, as they cannot be trusted because of their individual political motives, a comprehensive strategy should be evolved on Pakistan basis rather then selective strikes,

Sunil Jun 11, 2014 09:22pm

Same time prepare to prevent reprisals from the militants.

Syed Jun 11, 2014 09:36pm

Need full force ground operation too. make it a final war!

Syed Jun 11, 2014 09:36pm

@khanm - I fully agree. The army should take over the country now.

Khalid Jun 11, 2014 09:44pm

Pak Army "Zindabad" We salute you heros defenders of Pakistan against terrorists and "mad, bad Mullahs"

surya Jun 11, 2014 10:21pm

@Syed ..I am a bit surprised..even now Army looks working independently. Still nothing achieved in last 8 years. If Army takeover what happens.... "NOTHING".

NICK Jun 11, 2014 11:33pm

Why is the Army chief making these decisions? Isn't there a defense department in Pakistan? Decisions should be made by the defense department in consultation with the 3 branches of the armed forces of Pakistan and then the forces should be directed to carry out the decisions and directives in a manner to achieve the goals decisively. This pseudo democracy that we have in Pakistan is not workable. The elected government should take the initiative, swiftly, and embark on a clean up operation to get rid of the enemies of Pakistan and Pakistanis. Talibans have turned on their own and they should now be looked at as enemies.

Faisal Afridi Jun 12, 2014 03:14am

@Nuur Hasan agree! we need to send our troops in, backed by gunships. Air Strikes alone will not do the job except co-ordinating drone strikes only with the Americans.

Mumba - Lappie Jun 12, 2014 03:19am

Kill more of innocent people for the mistakes you committed 2 decades ago!

purple heart Jun 12, 2014 05:34am

God Almighty bless the Pakistan Army. It's the only institution that can be trusted in the country.

purple heart Jun 12, 2014 05:34am

@khanm Right on.

Omer Jun 12, 2014 07:54am

@Kashif DXB As if you secured Swat, SWA, Bajaur, Mohmand, Kurram etc. Army has been fighting all these years, you call that sleeping? The decision is the last phase of operation, in NWA.

Muhammed Ali Jun 12, 2014 03:09pm

Go for it, you have the Pakistani publics blessing..

arafat Jun 13, 2014 03:20pm

We should take help from china and end this menace once and forall.