KHAN, D.I. / LAHORE: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif pledged on Monday to exterminate militants throughout the country amid criticism from his predecessor Imran Khan, who grilled the government over a sharp rise in militancy during its eight-month tenure. The pledge came as the country is still plunging from numerous terrorist attacks that the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for over the past few days.
PM Shehbaz told a gathering in Dera Ismail Khan that the government will defeat terrorism in all its manifestations with the cooperation of provincial governments and security forces. He also stated that the National Security Committee (NSC) will convene in a few days to assess the security situation.
The threat of terrorism, according to the premier, was growing, but the state would soon put an end to it and spare no effort to stop it from returning.
In response to a recent attack on a security complex in Bannu, Prime Minister Shehbaz described the situation as tragic and said that law enforcement authorities carried out a successful operation that resulted in the deaths of all terrorists who had taken control of the site. The officers and personnel who were slain in this tragedy are our heroes, and their efforts will always be remembered, he continued. “We send our sympathies,” he said.