Nisar, Shahbaz hold detailed meeting with COAS on Punjab operation

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RAWALPINDI: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan held a detailed meeting with Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday, sources said on Friday.

Sources told that the army chief and the two top ruling party leaders agreed to continue indiscriminate action against terrorists and their facilitators in Punjab. Details of the ongoing drive against militant outfits were finalised in the meeting, they added.

Shahbaz Sharif, who had travelled from Lahore, held a 45-minute-long consultation with Chaudhry Nisar at the airport before heading to the Army House in Rawalpindi where they met with General Sharif, the sources said.

They said it was decided in the meeting that the Punjab government would be informed before and after each operation against terrorists in the province.

The meeting lasted for two and a half hours after which both Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Shahbaz Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inform him about their meeting with the Army Chief.

A paramilitary crackdown had been launched in Punjab after the deadly Lahore bombing that killed at least 72 people at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park on Easter Sunday.

According to well-informed sources, the military crackdown was launched against banned terrorist outfits across the country’s most populous province.

The anti-terror crackdown has been launched on the orders of the Army chief and troops from the Army and Rangers are taking part in the crackdown.

A military statement had said the decision was taken at a high-level military meeting headed by the Army chief, and also attended by DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and DG Military Intelligence (MI).

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