According to a recent statement issued by the United States, the government of Nawaz Sharif has produced effective results in the war against terrorism by hitting militant hideouts nationwide. The current military operation, code-named Operation Zarb-e-Azb, has produced significant results which have been appreciated globally as Pakistani soldiers take the fight to the destabilizing elements in the country.
While recognizing the efforts of Pakistan’s leadership and establishment, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, also a member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Armed Services, expressed that the 2013 general elections of Pakistan have brought new vision in this fight and produced far more meaningful results than expected.
Moreover, he pointed out that Pakistan is efficiently tackling terrorism through a wide range of mechanisms, especially in North Waziristan and other regions that have played host to militants for a long time. Terrorist organizations that seemed to have a carte blanche to do what they wanted a few years ago are now finding it really hard to spread their message of hate inside Pakistan as the military has successfully cut off the communication and logistic support these elements were receiving across the Durand Line.
Nawaz Sharif on a mission to eradicate terrorism
U.S. President Barack Obama personally admired Sharif’s efforts and acknowledged Pakistan’s role in the war against terrorism by eliminating Al-Qaeda and the hideouts of its allies from the country. Furthermore, Obama said that Pakistan’s security forces have sacrificed a lot in this war and that due to their efforts, militants are now demoralized and Americans feel safe in their homes today.
Islamabad has been fighting the war against terrorism with the U.S. since 2001. Despite being given limited aid as compared to the infrastructural damage, logistic support and financial losses it has sustained due to its unquestionably important role in the global war against terrorism, Pakistan has continued to play its role with honesty for the betterment of this region. The war which was imposed on Pakistan is entering its final phase, with major areas being declared clear and the rehabilitation process of IDPs is in process.
Around $10 billion was given to Pakistan in the form of economic and military aid by the U.S. from 2001 to 2010. The damages Pakistan has sustained in this war were in multiples of that amount but still they have produced the desired results, which is quite an astonishing feat, to say the least.
On the other hand, the world’s most advanced army with the latest technological gears and military spending of over $100 billion has struggled to diffuse the unrest in Afghanistan, as still many areas of the war-torn country are in the possession of militant organizations. That is one of the reasons Islamabad’s efforts in this war to save humanity have been warmly appreciated globally even though there are still detractors unwilling to admit to Pakistan’s achievements in the bloody war.
Just before Sharif’s visit to the United States, Vice President Joe Biden also appreciated the role of Pakistan in this war against terrorism and ensured that U.S. cooperation will continue until the end of this journey, which has seen its fair share of highs and lows. Moreover, he extolled Pakistan’s security forces, as they recaptured and cleared North Waziristan and the Shawal Valley region by securing the Durand Line rapidly in what is considered as one of the greatest achievements of the operation.
Operation Zarb-e-Azab, which was launched in June 2014 under the command of General Raheel Sharif, has played a vital role in changing the image of Pakistan globally. It has not only eliminated the internal nests of militant organizations but has also increased the credibility of the government. Today, the West is admitting that Pakistan has adopted the right policies to tackle terrorism in the region.
In recent months, Sharif has received a lot of flak from the opposition for failing to cater for the country’s needs in an efficient manner, but it is safe to say that with the backing of the military, he has been able to successfully tackle the threat of terrorism inside the country with the support of General Raheel Sharif, who is considered to be one of the strongest decision makers in the country.