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Sharif govt orders Army to act against terrorists

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Publish Date: Oct 6 2016 2:40PM | Updated Date: Oct 6 2016 5:09PM

Sharif govt orders Army to act against terrorists

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Pakistan government in recent statement instructed army to take visible action against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups. As reported by Pakistani media, Dawn newspaper reported today, citing high-level confidential sources.

Dawn reported that the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif openly confronted army officials and orders to act against terrorists. In what it called an "extraordinary exchange" - a secret meeting was held between two. 
Pakistan's foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said at the meeting that despite recent diplomatic outreach, Islamabad is facing diplomatic isolation and that the government's talking points have been met with indifference in major world capitals.
The civilian government gave a clear message to the army that Military-led intelligence agencies should not interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action.
Fresh attempts should also be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court, quoted Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
Further, foreign secretary reportedly shocked those at the meeting by saying that while China has reiterated its support for Pakistan, it too has indicated a preference for a change in course by Pakistan.
Dawn further reported that there was an extraordinary verbal confrontation between (Pakistan's) Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the (Pakistan spy agency) ISI and that it appeared to indicate a high-stakes new approach by the Sharif government.