- Premier says govt determined to eliminate terrorism in all forms and manifestations
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday visited Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rawalpindi and met officers and soldiers who got injured during a military operation at a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) centre in Bannu, the military's media wing said.
The premier said that the government was determined to "fight out terrorism in its all forms and manifestations and breaking nexus between terrorists, their supporters and sympathisers till achieving peaceful and stable environment."
PM Shehbaz said the writ of the state will be established at every cost, stressing that no one will be allowed to disrupt the hard-earned gains of the war on terror, achieved through unparalleled sacrifices of the nation and the valiant armed forces.
Paying tribute to the courage and valour of troops who cleared CTD complex Bannu, the premier said that the martyrs and their families have rendered supreme sacrifices for ensuring the safety and security of the people of the country.
On Tuesday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir visited Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rawalpindi and remained with them [injured soldiers and officers] for some time and inquired about their well-being."
"COAS appreciated their high spirit and morale and lauded their professionalism during an operation against terrorists," the press release added.
On Tuesday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed that all terrorists” of the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who held hostages at a CTD centre in Bannu were killed in an operation conducted by the Pakistan Army.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, the defence minister said two commandos of the army’s Special Service Group (SSG) embraced martyrdom, while 15 others received bullet injuries.
He expressed concerns over the CTD unit's failure to cope with the threat of terrorism, saying the chief minister of the province was "held hostage" in Zaman Park, while the terrorism threat was on the rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“The unfortunate aspect of this is that terrorism is again making strides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. [Terrorism] incidents have taken place in other provinces as well but there is clear evidence that terrorists from across the border or locally are rising again [in KP and Balochistan]."
On Sunday, more than 30 members of the outlawed TTP held several officers hostages after breaking free from custody and seizing a police station in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said. The militants had overpowered their jailers and snatched weapons.