ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reinstates zero tolerance to religious terrorism.
According to media reports, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has conveyed a clear message that he intends to maintain “zero tolerance” against religious and sectarian terrorism. Sources say, “The army chief has clearly given the message to his institution that his policy is of no tolerance and only those outfits will be allowed to survive that totally abandon militancy and do not resist the state’s push in cleaning the country from the menace of terrorism.”
COAS has displayed clarity of mind that the sectarian outfits have to be deactivated and related activities should be curbed. Sources say, “In various all parties conferences (APCs) and in meetings with the heads of federal and provincial governments, the army chief has conveyed that since the prime security institution of the country – Pakistan Army – is aligning to the new realities vis-à-vis war on terror and dealing with religious militant organisations, the political leadership should also not allow any kind of compromise on this account.” The military leadership seems to be well aware of the fact that many of the religious parties are not very comfortable with this new approach of countering terrorism.