PM, COAS dis­cuss se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, Zarb-e-Azb

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif called on Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day.

Over­all se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try was dis­cussed in the meet­ing. The meet­ing also re­viewed the Afghan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process in the con­text of re­gional sit­u­a­tion. Mean­while, Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif said that the nexus be­tween drug deal­ers, fi­nanciers and per­pe­tra­tors of ter­ror­ism will be bro­ken.

Army Chief Gen Ra­heel Sharif is­sued the state­ment while vis­it­ing the head­quar­ters of the Anti-Nar­cotic Force (ANF) where he was given a de­tailed brief­ing of the var­i­ous as­pects of ANF's counter drug smug­gling oper­a­tions by Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (DG) ANF Ma­jor Gen­eral Khawar Hanif.

Dur­ing the brief­ing, Gen­eral Khawar ap­prised the COAS of the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional drug sit­u­a­tion and its neg­a­tive ef­fects on so­ci­ety. He also talked about ANF's strat­egy and ef­forts to en­sure a "drug free so­ci­ety", the chal­lenges faced and the Five Years Force De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Gen­eral Ra­heel said drug ped­dlers and those in­volved in its pro­duc­tion are as detri­men­tal to na­tional se­cu­rity as ter­ror­ists. He added that drug money is be­ing used for the pro­mo­tion of ter­ror­ism and it is there­fore im­por­tant that drug deal­ers are dealt with iron hands.

"We will break the nexus be­tween drug deal­ers, fi­nanciers and per­pe­tra­tors of ter­ror­ism," said Gen­eral Ra­heel. "We will not al­low these drug barons to neg­a­tively in­flu­ence and spoil our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions."

Gen­eral Ra­heel ap­pre­ci­ated ANF's en­deav­ors that saw a record num­ber of drug seizures in 2014 and 2015. He also val­ued the achieve­ments of the force in earn­ing Pak­istan the sta­tus of a poppy-free na­tion.Ear­lier, Ms Heidi Grant, US Deputy un­der Sec­re­tary called on Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif dur­ing which mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est in­clud­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity were dis­cussed.

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