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Operation Azm-e-Istehkam Approved By Federal Cabinet Despite Opposition Protests

Operation Azm-e-Istehkam Approved By Federal Cabinet Despite Opposition Protests

Pakistan’s federal cabinet has granted final approval for ‘Operation Azm-e-Istehkam’ as part of the Revised National Action Plan to address the recent surge in terrorism and extremism within the country. This decision follows a recommendation from the Apex Committee of the National Action Plan, indicating a strategic response to these security challenges.

During the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sharif addressed concerns and clarified that ‘Operation Azm-e-Istehkam’ is primarily an intelligence-based operation. He emphasized that unlike previous military campaigns such as Zarb-e-Azab and Rah-e-Najaat, this operation does not aim to displace civilians.

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Furthermore, Prime Minister Sharif chaired a meeting of the Apex Committee, where the decision to initiate ‘Operation Azm-e-Istehkam’ was finalized. The operation is intended as a focused effort to counter terrorism effectively while ensuring minimal disruption to civilian life.

Despite the government’s assertions, opposition parties have criticized the decision, expressing apprehensions about the operation’s scope and implications for civil liberties. They have called for greater transparency and oversight in the implementation of security measures.

‘Operation Azm-e-Istehkam’ underscores Pakistan’s ongoing commitment to combatting terrorism through a strategic and intelligence-driven approach, aligning with broader national security objectives. The government aims to mitigate threats posed by extremist elements while maintaining stability and safeguarding the rights of its citizens amidst evolving security challenges.