'No favourites': Operation is against all militant groups, COAS tells US

Published February 18, 2015
Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel with US Senator Jack Reed. — ISPR
Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel with US Senator Jack Reed. — ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The US congressional delegation was assured on Wednesday that Pakistan has no favourites now and operation Zarb-i-Azb is against all militants groups in North waziristan.

Talking to the visiting US congressional delegation led by Senator Jack Reed — a ranking member of the senate's Armed Services committee — at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Army Chief Gen Raheel said that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) network and other militants groups have completely dismantled in North Waziristan and a large area has been cleared.

During the meeting, security situation along the Pak-Afghan border also came under discussion and US delegation was told that Pak-Afghan forces are conducting coordinated operations against militant hide outs and significant progress has been made in such operations.

Gen Raheel also took the US delegation into confidence over yesterday's trip to Kabul and told Senator jack Reed that cooperation between Islamabad and Kabul is growing in regard to security and countering terrorism.

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The security situation in Afghanistan also came under discussion during the meeting.

The US senator appreciated Pakistan's role in counter-terrorism efforts and assured full cooperation with Pakistan.

In the wake of the Peshawar school carnage that left more than a hundred student dead, Gen Raheel Sharif previously met with the US military leadership to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and the overall regional security situation with special emphasis on Afghanistan.

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The Centcom chief had lauded the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan Army in the war against terror and operational gains in Zarb-i-Azb, which has resulted in an effective degradation of terrorist networks.

The Army chief also made visits Kabul to demand action against hideouts of Pakistani militants in Kunar and other areas.

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During Gen Raheel's meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, both the leaders had pledged support to each other in their fight against terrorism and had vowed to restrict the use of their soil against each other, said a statement by the ISPR.

Both countries had also agreed to continue the ongoing operation against militants in their respective countries, the statement added.

In a previous visit to Kabul, Gen Raheel sought handover of Mullah Fazlullah who is wanted for terrorism cases in Pakistan.

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The army chief had shared classified intelligence details with the Afghan officials and revealed to them that the mastermind behind the Peshawar attack, who was from Afghanistan, was giving directives to terrorists.



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