Shaken by global isolation following the Uri attacks, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has issued a stark warning to Pakistan Army to act against militants or face international isolation.
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He has told the army to take “visible action” against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups, Dawn newspaper reported, citing high-level confidential sources.
The secret meeting between civilian Nawaz Sharif government’s officials and Army officials was an “extraordinary exchange,” the paper said. The meeting comes after Sharif chaired a meeting of Pakistan’s political parties to forge a united front on the issue of tackling the tensions with India.
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The civilian government delivered a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning” to the military leadership and sought consensus on several key actions, including action against banned militant groups, the report said.
Sharif has “directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials”, the report said.
During a presentation, Pakistan’s foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that despite recent diplomatic outreach, Islamabad “faces diplomatic isolation and that the government’s talking points have been met with indifference in major world capitals.”
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Referring to India, Chaudhry said the “completion of the Pathankot investigation and some visible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed were the principal demands”, according to the report.
Chaudhry said relations had “deteriorated and will likely further deteriorate because of the American demand that action be taken against the Haqqani network”.
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In terms of steps that could be taken to prevent the drift towards isolation, ISI chief Akhtar “offered that the government should arrest whomever it deems necessary”.
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The daily quoted unnamed government officials as saying that October 3’s “confrontation was part of a high-stakes gamble by Prime Minister Sharif to try and forestall further diplomatic pressure on Pakistan”.
The report said the Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has told the military-led intelligence agencies to not interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action.
“In separate meetings with the army chief, participants describe an animated and energised Sharif, who has argued that Pakistan faces real isolation if policy adjustments are not made,” it said. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Sharif and had the presence of senior cabinet and provincial officials. Recently, Pakistan was isolated at the Saarc summit. Following India’s step to ban the meet in Islamabad citing concerns over terrorism, other countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal also decided to isolate Pakistan by opposing the meet to be held in the country.