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Karachi operation will continue will full force: General Raheel Sharif

KARACHI: On Wednesday, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif stated that persistent peace in the country’s business capital is the “ultimate aim” of the Rangers-led exercise. “Peace (in Karachi) is crucial because of its direct link with the country’s economic progress.” He said.

It was clearly stated by the Chief that the operation, hurled over two years ago, was not going to end anytime soon.

“All efforts must be directed with a focused approach to achieve this objective,” he was quoted as saying by a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

According to it, Gen Raheel “expressed satisfaction over the pace and success of the operation and praised the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, intelligence and other law-enforcement agencies for their “phenomenal achievements and sacrifices in improving security environment in Karachi”.

COAS also cherished people of Karachi over their “unflinching support for security forces”.

The conference was chaired over by the army chief and joined by the corps commander of Karachi and the directors general of the Inter-Service Intelligence, the Military Intelligence and the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh.

Gen Sharif was informed on the continuing Karachi operation, plus intelligence-based movements by the paramilitary force and other law-enforcement agencies.

He said that the plan had been valued by some of the world powers who thought of it a compound of economic conversion for the area.

Previously on the Wednesday gathering, it was in January when Gen Sharif had chaired a comparable meeting at the Corps Headquarters on Karachi operation and swore to go to “any length” for peace in the city.

Before the newest meeting, he lectured faculty members, contributors and associated officers of the Air War Course and expanded on current global issues, regional security environment and fight against terrorism, said the ISPR statement.

He (Gen Sharif) resolved to take the fight to its logical end and help create an environment to embark the country on the road to development,” it said. “He lauded the Pakistan Air Force’s role and contributions in support of army in Operation Zarb-i-Azb. Synergy achieved between air and land forces has been highly appreciable, he said.