2016-08-10

Pakistan civil, military leaders agree to step up fight against terrorism

Staff Report

RAWALPINDI – Pakistani civilian and military leaders August 10 reached consensus on expanding "combing" operations to eliminate terrorism, media reported.

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif August 10 in Islamabad chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the matter. The interior minister, army chief and other top security officials attended.

Participants decided to expand the combing operations (sweeps and raids) and to take strict anti-terror-financing measures, according to Dunya TV.

They also decided to convene a conference of religious scholars to discuss seminary reform, sources said.

One day earlier at a conference in Rawalpindi, army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif ordered corps commanders to intensify their efforts against terrorism, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said August 9, according to Geo News.

The August 8 suicide bombing in Quetta, which killed more than 70 people, is an attempt to undermine Operation Zarb-e-Azb (the army's offensive in North Waziristan, launched in June 2014), Raheel said.

Meanwhile, a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) August 9 in Bajaur Agency killed two soldiers, Dawn reported.

The men, who were riding mules, were delivering water to their post when the IED exploded, officials said.

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