ISLAMABAD - A day after Quetta carnage, Pakistan’s military yesterday vowed not to allow anyone to reverse the gains against terrorism.

This commitment was shown at the daylong Corps Commander Conference chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters (GHQ) to discuss overall security situation in the country.

The high-level huddle by military officials was held a day after the carnage in Quetta, which killed 70 people. The conference expressed its deepest sympathies with grieved families and injured of Quetta blast.

According to ISPR, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif directed the Commanders and intelligence agencies to intensify the combing, and targeted operations with full vigour to eliminate terrorists and sleeper cells.

The Army Chief said that cowardly terror attack on Pakistan’s judiciary in Quetta is an attempt to undermine the successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

General Raheel Sharif said Pakistan’s brave armed forces would not allow anyone to reverse our gains against terrorism. He also directed commanders to provide all necessary assistance to provincial law-enforcement agencies in their capacity building through training, resourcing and planning so as to integrate them effectively in counterterrorism operations.

The Army Chief added that by adopting a national approach, the armed forces would not allow anyone to reverse the gains made in the fight against terrorism.

All commanders were also directed to provide all necessary assistance to provincial law-enforcement agencies in capacity building, training and planning to further improve effectiveness in counter-terrorism operations.

Participants of the conference were given detailed briefings on ongoing military operations and the overall external and internal security situation in the country with particular reference to the counterterrorism domain.

On Monday, the Army Chief while chairing a security meeting in Quetta shortly after the tragic incident said that after defeat in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, terrorists were shifting their focus to destabilise Balochistan province. He said that motive of the terrorists in Monday’s suicide bombing in Quetta is to disturb peace in the province by targeting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.    

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri blamed the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for destabilising the province.

According to government officials, more than eighty percent work on multibillion dollars CPEC related road projects in Balochistan has been done and remaining work is in progress. The Chinese funded CPEC project would connect Pakistan’s deep sea Gwadar project with C Chinese border town Kashgar.   

A suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital in which more than seventy people were killed and over one hundred innocent people got injured.

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.