Pakistan This Week
To root out menace of terrorism Pakistan Army launches Op Raddul Fasad across the country
Pakistan Army launches 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' across the country.Operation aims at indiscriminately eliminating residual / latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders.Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil Armed Forces (CAF) and other security / Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) will continue to actively participate / intimately support the efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.The effort entails conduct of Broad Spectrum Security / Counter Terrorism (CT) operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management. Nisar Seeks Media's Cooperation in Countering Terrorism.Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says media has the most crucial role to play in disseminating the credible information keeping in view the national interest. Referring to terrorist incident in Sehwan Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said maintenance of law and order in Sindh was the sole responsiblity of the provincial government for which Federal Government should not be maligned. He urged media to focus on promoting national cohesion and courage among the people. Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said it is very important for the media to black list the terrorist organizations and do not air any content glorifying militancy. China extends support to Pakistan's anti-terror operation 'Raddul Fasaad' Pakistan has been making vigorous efforts in counter-terrorism and also achieved remarkable progress.China extends its deep sympathies with that.Spoke Person said , “China understands and supports Pakistan in taking necessary measures to cement its counter-terrorism achievements, maintain domestic security and stability, and protect people's life and property. We believe that with the joint efforts of the Pakistani government, military and people, Pakistan will surely claim the final victory in its counter-terrorism endeavor.”
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Islamabad, Ankara Vow to Overcome Common Challenges- Both Agree To Boost Cooperation in Diverse Sectors
Pakistan and Turkey have resolved to continue working together on issues of common interest, including the multilateral initiatives to combat growing trends of racism, Islamophobia, and discrimination based on religion and stereotyping against Muslims.This resolve was expressed in a joint declaration between the two countries issued in Ankara.It stressed the need for resolution of all outstanding differences between Pakistan and India, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, through a sustained dialogue process and in accordance with UN resolutions.The declaration reiterated the need for making the United Nations Security Council more representative, democratic, transparent, effective and accountable through comprehensive United Nations Security Council reform process, based on widest possible consensus.The two sides shall continue military cooperation in spheres of joint defense production and research and development activities.Turkey will provide necessary assistance to the relevant Pakistani authorities in the field of development of social housing projects, with technical expertise, experience sharing and exchange of experts.The two sides also agreed to enhance interaction between universities and academic institutions and collaboration on higher education scholarships shall be continued.Both the countries shall work towards recognizing degrees and diplomas within the framework of the laws and regulations of their countries and exchange necessary information on the subject.Cultural relations between the two countries shall be strengthened through Yunus Emre Cultural Centers which are to commence functions in Karachi and Lahore and Pakistani Cultural Centers which are to be established in Turkey.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan would welcome Turkey to join the CPEC.He said major development is happening in the Turkey Pakistan cooperation.
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Brig .Retd. Haris Nawaz (Defence Analyst)
This operation is a welcome move by our government. It should have been started at least one year earlier. Federal government and Punjab government have agreed on its modalities before launching it. This is a countrywide and transparent operation. This should be a coordinated effort with full resources. Everybody working against Pakistan must be dealt with iron hands. This operation is initiated to deal with terrorists spreading across the country. This will be an intelligence based operation to break the backbone of terrorists. This is a national issue and all institutions including media should support it.
Mushtaq A. Mehar (Former Ambassador)
We, the civil society of Pakistan are very happy that Prime Minister is maintaining good relations with Turkey. Turkey and Pakistan are strong and stable Muslim countries. Both are yearning to make progress. During this meeting lot of issues including regional situation has been discussed. Turkey and Pakistan can resolve issues of Muslim world together. These meetings will bring investment to Pakistan and improve bilateral relations as well. How to deal with Islamophobia and how to improve projection of Muslim world in international community was also discussed during the meetings. Overall results of the meetings are satisfactory for Pakistan. The Prime Minister has been able to steer the country out of crisis successfully.