1. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asks its military to act against terrorists or suffer global isolation: Report

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asks its military to act against terrorists or suffer global isolation: Report

The international diplomatic isolation policy pursued by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Pakistan over its failure to act against terrorism has reportedly started having the desired effect

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The international diplomatic isolation policy pursued by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Pakistan over its failure to act against terrorism has reportedly started having the desired effect.

According to an exclusive report by Pakistan-based dawn.com, the civilian government of Pakistan has issued a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented” warning to the country’s military to act against militants or face global isolation. The message was delivered during an “undisclosed” meeting on Monday when Pakistani leaders participated in an All Parties’ Conference.

According to the report, two points of action were agreed upon during the secret meeting. There are: a) ISI DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar along with National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua will visit all four provinces to share a message to the provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders. The message bars military-led intelligence agencies from interfering in law agencies’ action against militant groups. The report said that Akhtar’s tour has already started with his visit to Lahore. b) The second course of action is that PM Sharif will make fresh attempts to conclude Pathankot probe and “restart” 26/11 attacks probe in an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.

Dawn reports that the two decisions were taken after an “extraordinary verbal confrontation” between Akhtar and Pakistan Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif.

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In an “exclusive” presentation to Pakistan PM on Monday, the country’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary made it clear to those present that Pakistan is facing diplomatic isolation and its “talking points” are not taken seriously by the international community.

Pakistan PM, provincial chiefs, ISI DG, Senior Cabinet members attended Chaudhary’s presentation.

Quoting sources, the report attributed Chaudhary as making a “direct”reply to the ISI DG when asked about the steps to be take: Action against Masood Azhar and Jaish-i-Mohammed, Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Toiba and Haqqani network.

According to the report, the Punjab CM even “complained” that whenever civilian government takes any action against any group, the security apparatus “work behind the scenes” to set it free. This “stunned” the room.

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Pakistan PM intervened to diffuse the situation and told Akhtar that he was not being held responsible for “present-day events” and “policies pursued in the past were state policies”, thus establishing what India has been claiming all along — that terrorism is Pakistan’s state policy.

Unless some action is actually seen on the ground, the dawn report cannot be said to be entirely true.

India continues to face attacks by terrorists from across the border. Even today there was an attack at Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir, Reports said that three terrorists were killed.

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