By Editor National Security
Pakistan’s military leadership is all set to give a detailed briefing to parliamentarians on the law and order situation across the country, authorities said on Thursday.
A government official told The Islamabad Telegraph that the briefing will be an in-camera scheduled for Friday (Today) on the country’s security situation.
“The military leadership would brief parliament regarding the security situation across the country and state’s policy to quell militancy and terrorism,” officials privy to the development told this publication.
It is worth mentioning that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has already told the media about the military leadership’s briefing to the legislators.
Last week, the top civil and military leadership made it loud and clear that they were on the same page when it comes to dealing with militants and terrorists and reaffirmed their commitment to thwart terrorism threats, and vowed to relaunch the National Action Plan (NAP) within 15 days to crush militants reportedly coming in from Afghanistan.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told Western media earlier this week that Pakistan was ready to go after militants who have sanctuaries in Afghanistan.
Regarding Friday’s in-camera session, the decision to get the briefing by the military leadership on law and order was taken by the National Security Committee (NSC). The government said Friday’s in-camera session was in continuation of a previous meeting convened after a militant attack inside Peshawar’s police headquarters in January, in which 86 people, mostly police officials, were martyred.
According to the correspondent of The Islamabad Telegraph, a few coalition partners of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s federal governments have not agreed to the idea of launching a fresh offensive against the militants. Coalition partners have asked the government to bring those who brought back the militants should be brought to justice before launching a fresh offensive against militants.
Addressing the NA session today, MNA Ali Wazir said that the country’s current policy regarding militancy needed to be reviewed.
“I appeal to the incumbent government that those responsible for the rise in terrorism […] those who brought these militants into Pakistan should be punished,” Dawn quoted him as saying.
“Until and unless these people are punished, we won’t allow the new operation to commence,” he added.
Mohsin Dawar argued that operations were conducted in the past but none of them were successful in eliminating terrorism.
“This is because you are confused. There is no clarity in your policy. You send mixed signals,” he asserted.
Former Prime Minister Imran is accused of introducing the policy of reconciliation rather than going after them.