Commanders warn of befitting response to `misadventures`

ISLAMABAD: Military commanders joined the political leadership on Wednesday in condemning India for its provocative statements against Pakistan and vowed to foil `Indian plots` to destabilise the country.

`Forum took serious notice of the recent Indian hostile rhetoric coupled with covert and overt actions to destabilise Pakistan,` the ISPR said in a statement on the formation commanders` meeting held at the General Headquarters.

Any Indian `misadventure`, the commanders warned, would get a `befitting response`.

The meeting chaired by the army chief is a bi-annual feature and attended by corps commanders, principal staff officers at the GHQ and all formation commanders. The conference is the highest forum for field commanders to discuss operational and training matters.

The meeting was held as the army prepares to observe the first anniversary of the start of operation Zarb-i-Azb.

A volley of hostile statements by the Indian leadership has, meanwhile, irked the commanders. The military`s top brass had at another forum the corps commanders` conference last month accused Indian intelligence agency RAW of `whipping up terrorism`.

The formation commanders` meeting regretted that, `Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations` Charter but also take pride in claiming their interference in the internal affairs of other states.

The commanders appeared to be echoing the Foreign Office`s statement on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s comments in Bangladesh about supporting the separation of Pakistan.

Mr Modi, while receiving a `liberation war honour` on behalf of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during his visit to Bangladesh, said he had been one of the many activists who reached Delhi in response to Vajpayee`s call for `Satyagraha` for the `liberation of Bangladesh in 1971` and that like millions of other Indians he wanted this vision (of separation of East Pakistan) realised.

The ISPR said the commanders resolved to defeat Indian designs and defend the country`s territorial integrity.

ZARB-I-AZB: Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif said at the meeting that operation Zarb-i-Azb was in its final stages.

`Terrorists have been cleared and dislodged from their strongholds in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency and fight now is moving into last few pockets close to Afghan border,` he said.

The operation was launched in June last year.

The army chief hailed the military`s success in the operation as `phenomenal`.

He emphasised on preventing the escape of the terrorist who have been trapped.

`With entire nation standing behind, we will remain focused on achieving the objective of a terror-free and peaceful Pakistan,` the army chief said, adding that the main collective aim was to make Pakistan a secure, strong and prosperous country.

He said the operation would continue till `the elimination of last terror group and last sanctuary`.

Published in Dawn