The Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan has warned its military leadership of international isolation that the country is facing, seeking consensus on several key actions by the state.
According to a report in Pakistan daily Dawn, the civilian government and its military have agreed to two sets of actions.
Pakistan’s ISI DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar, along with NSA Nasser Janjua, will travel to the four Pakistani provinces informing intelligence agencies ‘not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action’.
Second, Nawaz Sharif has ordered that fresh attempts be made to conclude the investigations into the Pathankot attack as well as “restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court’.
Dawn reports that the decisions appear to indicate a high-stake new approach by the PML-N government, and comes after a verbal confrontation between Punjab (Pakistan) CM Shahbaz Sharif and ISI DG Gen Akhtar.