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Afghan security forces have launched an operation against militants in an eastern province seen as a rear base for the Pakistani Taliban which carried out a school massacre last week, officials said Monday. Army chief met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul in the aftermath of the school attack in Peshawar which killed 149 people, mainly children.

Police on Monday claimed to have killed 13 militants associated with banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al Qaeda in Karachi. SSP Malir Rao Anwar said an "encounter" took place near Al-Asif Square, off Super Highway, where terrorists hurled a hand-grenade at a police vehicle and opened indiscriminate fire on the police party. A heavy contingent of police was called in to repulse the attack and an exchange of fire took place between police and terrorists.
Director of Agency for State Material Reserves of Tajikistan, Nurmuhammad Atoevich, called on Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, here on Monday. Atoevich condoled with Fatemi over the terrorist attack in Peshawar. The Special Assistant thanked for the support and solidarity expressed by Tajikistan's leadership in the face of this tragedy. He reiterated Pakistan's resolve to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.
The Qatar Embassy's Charge d' Affaires in Pakistan Khalifa Bin Thani M Al-Zarra hosted a reception on the occasion of the State of Qatar's National Day here on Monday. Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Khaqan Abbasi who was the chief guest on the occasion felicitated the people and government of Qatar on their national day.
The government said on Monday that an anti-terrorism operation would be launched against terrorists hiding in cities, small towns and villages. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who chaired a meeting to review a national counter-terrorism plan, was briefed by the Interior Minister on a meeting with joint experts' group. The prime minister said that the Zarb-e-Azb operation is going on in tribal arias while the other will be against "enemies" hiding in cities, small towns and villages. A decisive action would be taken against terrorists who spilled the blood of innocent people in various parts of the country, he added.
The activities of Prime Minister's Inspection Commission (PMIC) have considerably slowed down during the tenure of the present government as it has received few assignments from the Prime Minister's Office, it was learnt. Sources in the Inspection Commission told Business Recorder that "we have received a few assignments during the last one and half years from the Prime Minister's office, which is the sole source of the Commission's work".
The special parliamentary committee formed to frame the 'National Action Plan' to counter the menace of terrorism in the country will meet today (Tuesday).
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