Na­tion can be proud of Zarb-i-Azb suc­cesses

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

Spokesman of the Army Lt. Gen­eral Asim Saleem Ba­jwa, in a com pre­hen­sive and im­pres­sive brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, summed up suc cesses achieved by op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb dur­ing the last two years. While talk­ing about re­mark­able gains that have led to im­prove­ment of se­cu­rity and law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, he con­veyed a firm mes­sage to flee­ing ter­ror­ists that the op­er­a­tion would con­tinue till elim­i­na­tion of the men­ace from each and ev­ery cor­ner of Pak­istan.

The fig­ures re­leased by the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral ISPR clearly show that Pak­istan Army has been able to score un­matched suc­cess in the war against ter­ror, which no other coun­try in­clud­ing the United States can boast. There is no deny­ing the fact that to­day the in­ci­dents of bomb blasts, suicide at­tacks, tar­get killing, kid­nap­ping for ran­som and ex­tor­tion have sig­nif­i­cantly come down and nor­mal life has re­sumed. This is par­tic­u­larly so in the case of FATA and Swat, which were in­fested with the virus of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism and the virus was spread­ing fast to the length and breadth of the coun­try. An im­pres­sion was gain­ing ground that ter­ror­ism was be­com­ing un­con­trol­lable and both lo­cal and for­eign ob­servers were ex­press­ing fears about what is in store for Pak­istan. The credit surely goes to Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, who demon­strated in­domitable spirit and ex­tra­or­di­nary courage to take the bull by horns and ex­pressed his de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight the men­ace out once for all, come what may. As fail­ure was no op­tion, he metic­u­lously planned the cam­paign against ter­ror and im­ple­mented it in a phased man­ner, con­sol­i­dat­ing gains in ar­eas cleared of ter­ror­ists. To­day, most of the In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) have re­turned to their homes to re­sume their daily rou­tine and the process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would hope­fully be com­pleted by the end of the year. The mon­u­men­tal suc­cess of Pak­istan Army in op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb has earned re­spectabil­ity for the coun­try in the comity of na­tions as a firm mes­sage has gone about abil­ity, ca­pac­ity and com­mit­ment of Pak­istan to ad­dress the chal­lenge squarely. The na­tion can, there­fore, jus­ti­fi­ably be proud of the exemplary gains in the op­er­a­tion. On this oc­ca­sion, we also pay com­pli­ments to Gen­eral Ba­jwa, who is hav­ing a duly fur­bished and mod­ern PR set up that mo­ti­vated the na­tion and kept it abreast of the suc­cesses.

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