Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir has urged members of the National Assembly to make decisions for Pakistan’s future and promised army support for development. The COAS briefed the assembly on the security situation in the country as Pakistan faces a fresh wave of terrorism. He suggested that negotiations with terrorists allowed them to regroup and that the recent wave of terrorism was due to Pakistan’s “reckless policy with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)” and having a soft corner for the terror outfit. The COAS has recently launched a comprehensive operation against terror outfits, aimed at rooting out terrorism from Pakistan.
“This is not a new operation but a whole national approach. There is no no-go area in Pakistan at this time. A large number of martyrs laid down their lives for this success. They shed their blood for the country,” Munir was quoted as saying by GeoTV. His comments came during an in-camera meeting of the lower house’s National Security Committee. He said terrorists have no other options but to accept the state’s writ. He also said the terrorists regrouped because the state was willing to negotiate with them.
“Security forces are ready for permanent peace in the country. In this regard, intelligence-based operations are conducted on a daily basis. Pakistan has no shortage of resources and manpower,” Munir said.
Members of the national assembly were also given a detailed overview of the current situation from senior members of the military. GeoTV in its report said the members of the national assembly welcomed the ideas of the army chief by banging the desk and clapping, according to GeoTV.