Army Chief re-as­serts in Karachi

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

TOP civil­ian and mil­i­tary lead­ers did well by join­ing their heads in Karachi to take stock of the se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment in the mega city fol­low­ing re­cent high pro­file tar­get killings and kid­nap­pings for ran­som that sent shock-waves across the country. A firm mes­sage has gone to trou­ble-mak­ers that those at the helm of af­fairs are com­mit­ted to root them out at all costs.

Army Chief Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, who at­tended two meet­ings – one at Rangers’ Head­quar­ters and the other at Five Corps – firmly stated that nexus of ter­ror­ists, their abet­tors, sym­pa­thiz­ers and fi­nanciers will be bro­ken at all costs and the on­go­ing oper­a­tion will be taken to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion. He rightly stated that ter­ror­ists were go­ing for softer tar­gets to sur­vive and di­rected law-en­forc­ing and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to con­cen­trate on preven­tion of such threats. In our view, the visit of the Chief of Army Staff to Karachi and dis­cus­sions with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties on the way for­ward was very timely and this would surely help re­store sag­ging morale of the peo­ple there. No doubt, the on-go­ing tar­geted oper­a­tion in Karachi has achieved re­mark­able suc­cesses and there has been marked im­prove­ment in the over­all law and or­der sit­u­a­tion but the fact re­mains that ter­ror­ists and their back­ers still have the ca­pac­ity to strike tar­gets of their choice, trig­ger­ing spec­u­la­tions about fate of the oper­a­tion it­self. It is note­wor­thy that in the past too, op­er­a­tions were launched in Karachi but none of them could pro­duce the de­sired re­sults as they were left mid­way be­cause of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­en­cies or other rea­sons. There­fore, there have been ap­pre­hen­sions that the on-go­ing oper­a­tion might not face a sim­i­lar fate. Hope­fully, the visit of the Army Chief and his firm dec­la­ra­tion to take the oper­a­tion to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion would have salu­tary im­pact on the over­all sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, it should not be the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Army Chief to come out with such state­ments and the civil Gov­ern­ment too es­pe­cially the Sindh ad­min­is­tra­tion should also play its part in ad­dress­ing the prob­lem com­pre­hen­sively as it is the ques­tion of not only peace in Karachi but the over­all progress and fu­ture of the country.

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