‘Marginalised’ Taleban losing their cause, says Pakistan army chief

Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif has said the whole nation has rejected the ‘misplaced ideology’ of terrorists, who, according to him, have lost their cause already and are being marginalised.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 29 May 2014, 8:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 29 Jun 2020, 3:44 PM

The army chief made these remarks during a visit to field formations deployed in South Waziristan. His visit came against the backdrop of Pakistan Army’s recent surgical strikes, in which over 80 suspected militants were killed in North Waziristan Agency.
The army carried out massive air strikes against the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) after government’s efforts to strike a peace deal with the militant group through dialogue made only marginal progress. The army which reluctantly endorsed talks with the Taleban has reacted with vengeance to repeated attacks by them on security forces that left many troops killed, now appears to be going for the kill to eliminate terrorists and fully exploit their increasing discrords and deleting strength.
Speaking to troops fighting militancy in the lawless regions bordering Afghanistan, General Raheel appreciated the determination and steadfastness of the security forces and local tribesmen.

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