On Wednesday, the long overdue operation against militant groups in Southern Punjab was launched by the Pakistan Army, days following the deadly attack on Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media confirmed the launch of the South Punjab operation.
Lahore’s Easter Sunday attack on March 27, led to the death of 72 people and 233 injured after a suicide bomb was detonatedin a crowded park filled with Christians celebrating Easter.
Civil and military law enforcement agencies are involved in the operation, including the police, Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), against ‘hardened criminal and ferraris’.
An ISPR statement noted that “These terrorists flee from different parts of the country as a result of successful operations Zarb-e-Azb and took refuge in remote areas of Rohjan, Kache in district Rahim Yaar Khan.”
The coordinated operation by both the civil and military authorities may enough prove to show that the contention between the government and army on how the Punjab operation should be executed is done with.
The contention seems to be have been broken by numerous high-level exchanges between the civil and military leadership.
In the course of this week, Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister and Chaudhry Nisar Khan, the Interior Minister met with the COAS General, Raheel Sharif to deliberate on the Punjab mission.