ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in his upcoming US visit will take a tough stance against India, especially over the issue of New Delhi’s fanning terrorism in Pakistan, it has been learnt. The civilian and military leadership took this decision yesterday during a high-level meeting on security situation of the country and implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism, sources aware of the deliberations informed the meeting.
The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by his key cabinet members, was also attended by the high ups of military and security agencies. The participants expressed satisfaction over the positive results coming out as a result of NAP implementation and it was their unanimous view that government and state institutions must remain focused on rooting out militancy from the society.
About the upcoming US visit of Army chief, the meeting decided that General Raheel Sharif would toe the line taken by Prime Minister Nawaz during his visit to US last month where he had forcefully pleaded the case of Pakistan and also taken US authorities into confidence on the Indian interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan. In the current regional security context as well as Pakistan’s own efforts to curb terrorism and extremism in the country, the army chief’s visit – his second visit to the US in a short span of six months – has acquired special significance.