Pakistan Army launched ZarbeAzb on 15th June in North Waziritstan with the purpose to target TTP terrorists and their hideouts in tribal belt. The country was bleeding from bomb blasts and more than 70,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives. Terrorism has hit the economy of the country badly. The leadership of the country had to take decision to stand against terrorism and ZarbEAzb was designed to uproot terrorism.
Army is doing its job of hunting terrorists and terrorists’ hideouts but the rest of the task (of hanging these terrorists) had to be done by judiciary. Due to threats from terrorists to honourable judges, the judiciary is reluctant of giving death penalty to insurgents. This problem was addressed by the country’s leadership and formation of military courts was approved by the parliament.
The success of ZarbeAzb is obvious. As soon as the operation started, Pakistan army is able to clear up NorthWaziristan from terrorists and all potential terrorist attacks have been foiled. 25 militants were killed in air strikes in the tribal regions near the Afghan border on 4th February as part of a major offensive against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other insurgents. These air strikes took place in the Sanzila area of South Waziristan and Tirah in Khyber.
Operation Zarb-e-Azb is for all terrorists and Pakistan Army is targeting them without any discrimination. Now, it is up to Federal and provincial governments how quick they work on implementation of National Action Plan. It is hoped that NAP will not only root out terrorists from the country, but it will also root out extremism as strict action will be taken against extremists.
The Pakistani nation needs to be united against terrorism. All political and religious parties need to sideline their differences and have to take unanimous stand against terrorists and their apologists. We need to tell the terrorists that we are united against them. The unity against terrorists will ensure the ultimate success of Zarb-e-Azb.