Military to take on growing menace of extremism


ISLAMABAD: Amid allegations that not enough was being done to tackle growing extremism in the country, the armed forces announ­ced on Tuesday that they would take on this menace (extremism) as well in addition to their continuing operations against terrorism.

Top armed forces commanders expressed their commitment at a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) — the principal coordination forum of the three services (Army, PAF and Navy), which was chaired by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood. Others who attended the meeting included Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and senior officers of the services.