In a first and an unexpected move from the neighboring country, the Pakistan Muslim League (N)-led government has reportedly informed the Pakistan military about the growing international isolation of Islamabad and has sought consensus on several key actions by the state, which simply revealed that the country has been sponsoring terrorism.
The Pakistan government has asked the military not to interfere with any action against terrorists, reports The Dawn. At least two sets of actions have been agreed as a result of the most recent meeting, an undisclosed one on the day of the All Parties’ Conference, which took place on Monday.
As per the report, firstly, General Rizwan Akhtar, Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), accompanied by National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Janjua, is to travel to each of the four provinces with a message for provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders.
The meeting was reportedly chaired by Prime Minister Sharif and had the presence of senior cabinet and provincial officials.
The message: military-led intelligence agencies are not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action. Gen Akhtar’s inter-provincial tour has begun with a visit to Lahore.
In the second set of action, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi antiterrorism court.
The report said on Tuesday, during an all parties conference, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary gave a presentation in the Prime Minister’s Office to a small group of civil and military officials.
It was decided after the meeting that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) DG General Rizwan Akhtar and National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua would travel to four provinces and tell the provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders to not interfere if action was taken against terrorist groups which were banned or “considered off-limits for civilian action” till now.