Pak Army Chief asks PM Nawaz Sharif to hang 3,000 terrorists in 48 hours

Pakistan's Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif

New Delhi, Dec 19: A day after members of the banned terrorist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar and killed 132 childre, Pakistan’s Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif tweeted on Wednesday, “Asked PM Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours.”

According to reports, Gen Sharif, who has frontally taken on the Taliban, is credited to have changed the army’s approach towards extremist groups, from one of using them as allies — as “strategic assets” against “enemies” like India — to launching an uncompromising offensive against them.

Gen Sharif’s Twitter profile further shows his anger againstthe Peshawar attack as he announced, “Enough is enough, now strict action should be taken against those who speak in favour of terrorists.”

Even as his soldiers were battling the terrorists in the school, Gen Sharif Tweeted that the army “has launched massive air strikes in Khyber on the intelligence reports. More than 10 air strikes have been carried out in last 1 hour.”

Sharief threatened strong retribution against Taliban in his tweet as, “#PakArmy will come at you #Taliban & will destroy you. And they will not target women & children. They are not coward like you.” Promising to go after terrorists, Sharief asked for popular support. “Dear people of #Pakistan stand & support #PakArmy in ops #ZarbeAzb & #Khyber1 & We will surly eliminate #TTP from our homeland InshaAllah!”

The reports say that both these military campaigns in North Waziristan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were launched without political approval.

Gen Sharif threatened Tehrik-i-Taliban: “Message to TTP. You kill our child. Now you will see the deadly consequences and (be) ready to pay the price. Pak Army will revenge (sic) each & every single drop of blood of little departed angels. It’s my promise.”

On Tuesday, members of the banned terrorist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar. They stormed the Peshawar school dressed as Frontier Corps officers. One of them reportedly blew himself up, while the others were gunned down by security agencies. Hundreds of people were taken hostage within the school premises before the terrorists were eliminated.

Despite the Pak Army chief’s strong workds, Pakistan’s anti-terror court on Thursday granted bail to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi, who is a mastermind of 26/11 attack in Mumbai.

Terming the bail granted to the LeT commander as very unfortunate, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hoped that Pakistan government will appeal in a higher court so that the bail granted to the 26/11 accused gets cancelled.

Rajnath Singh said: “He has been granted bail which is very unfortunate. I think it shouldn’t have happened. I believe that all the evidences that have been provided by the Government are enough to convict Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and the Pakistan government should appeal against this in the upper court as soon as possible.”

Singh told the media that India had provided all relevant evidence to Pakistan and demanded that India’s most wanted terrorists including Hafiz Saeed should be handed over to India.

(With Agency Inputs)

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