During the 258th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, the corps commanders of the Pakistan Army expressed concerns about the increase in militancy and attributed it to safe havens and freedom of action enjoyed by militants in Afghanistan.
They noted that militants from Afghanistan, equipped with the latest weapons, have been able to carry out attacks inside Pakistan.
The Pakistani military has consistently raised these concerns about the use of Afghan territory by militants for cross-border terrorism. In a recent statement, the military emphasized the need for the Afghan government to take action against militants and adhere to the Doha agreement.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement highlighting the discussion at the conference.
Military sources pointed out that the inability of the Afghan Taliban to rein in the TTP was the main cause of the recent surge in unrest in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Millitants in Balochistan
The TTP continues to operate freely in Afghanistan, enjoying safe havens and acquiring sophisticated weapons. The sources further highlighted that militants involved in recent attacks in Balochistan were found using M-16 rifles and uniforms similar to those used by the US military.
During the conference, the army’s operational preparedness and training aspects were extensively discussed.
Additionally, the conference was briefed on the government’s economic revival plan and the role of the army in supporting sectors such as agriculture, IT, mining, minerals, and defense production through the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).
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The top brass reiterated their full support for the government’s strategic initiatives aimed at revitalizing the economy and pledged to provide technical and management support.