255th Corps Commanders’ Conference at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir.
According to Military Media Wing ISPR, During the meeting, the Military commanders were briefed in detail about prevailing and emerging threats against the backdrop of the resurgence of terrorism in the country.
The PakArmy’s top officials were also briefed on the ongoing intelligence based operations being undertaken by Army and law enforcement agencies for breaking the nexus between terrorists and their support mechanism across the country.
The Armed Forces paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Peshawar Police Line blast and vowed that perpetrators will be brought to exemplary justice.
The army chief was quoted as saying: “Such immoral and cowardly acts cannot shake the resolve of the nation but rather reinvigorate our determination to succeed in the ongoing war against terror with Zero tolerance for any terrorist entity.”
COAS Gen Asim Munir directed all Corps commanders to continue to focus on anti-terrorism operations in coordination with intelligence and law enforcement agencies until the time we achieve sustainable peace.
Army also take notice of human rights violations and Indian design to alter the demographics of IIOJK, reaffirmed the Army’s commitment to Pakistan’s principal support to the indigenous freedom struggle of brave Kashmiri people as per relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
The Corps meeting came a day after a suicide Blast was reported in Peshawar’s Police Lines Mosque during the Zuhr prayers.
Defence Minister Indication
After the suicide blast in Peshawar’s Police Lines Mosque, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif hoped that Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif would take steps for a Zarb-e-Azb-like operation against the ‘Rising Terrorism’ in the country.
While Talking to journalists inside Parliament House, the Defence Minister indicates to conduct a Zarb-e-Azb-like operation against the ‘rising terrorism’ in the country.
Defence Minister said National Security Committee (NSC) will decide on launching the operation against the terrorists in the country. “The National Security Committee is the authorized forum to take such decisions”, he added.
The Minister claimed that the Peshawar blast was ‘the same tragedy’ as the APS attack, saying that all political parties were united at the time of the APS tragedy. “Currently, the nation needs a consensus despite all the differences”, he stressed.
The Defence Minister’s statement came a day after a powerful explosion triggered by a suicide attacker in Peshawar’s Police Lines Mosque during the Zuhr prayers.
According to the latest reports Death Toll Rises to 100 with more than 240 Injured. According to Security Officials’ reports, the suicide attacker was present in the front row during the prayers when he exploded himself, injuring dozens of faithful offering Zuhr prayers. The explosion took place around 1:40 pm. As a result of the Explosion the roof of the mosque caved in.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the blast at a mosque in Peshawar’s Police Lines.
The latest reports are that a Rescue operation is still underway at the mosque site to retrieve the victims. Emergency has been imposed by the caretaker government of KP in Peshawar’s hospitals.
Keeping the whole situation in view Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Muhammad Azam Khan imposed a medical emergency in all hospitals of Peshawar. The interim CM also instructed rescue organizations to speed up relief activities.
After the Peshawar Mosque Suicide Attack, Government put the High Alert in sensitive cities of the country. Islamabad police have put the security of the federal capital on high alert.
According to details, the Islamabad Capital Territory police tightened security at the entry and exit points of the federal capital. Inspector General of Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan issued orders to put security on high alert in the federal capital.
Police officials instructed the citizens of Islamabad to keep important documents with them including computerized national identity cards (CNICs) besides appealing to the residents to corporate with the on-duty cops during the checking process.
Snipers and bomb disposal squads have also been deployed at important points and buildings.