Yemen crisis serious threat to entire region: Pak Army

07:22 PM | 10 Apr, 2015
Yemen crisis serious threat to entire region: Pak Army
RAWALPINDI (Web Desk) - Corps Commanders' Conference on Friday concluded the crisis in Yemen would cast serious effects on the whole region at 181st meet in General Headquarters Rawalpindi.

The conference also expressed satisfaction over the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb and implementation on National Action Plan against terrorism.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif presided over the conference.

According to a statement by the army, the participants of the conference dwelt on professional matters, operational preparedness of the army and internal and external security situation of the country.

They also discussed the Yemen conflict and its impact on the region.

"The forum deliberated at length on the gravity of the situation and stressed that continuation of the conflict will have serious implications for regional security," said the statement.

Addressing the forum, the army chief expressed complete satisfaction over the major gains recently achieved in ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in the northwest.

He directed the commanders to maintain focus on achieving the end objective of total elimination of terrorism from across the country by coordinating with law enforcement and other government agencies.

"Intelligence-based operations must be further intensified to unearth terrorist sleeper cells, and apprehend hiding terrorists and their abettors from urban centres as well," he said.

He also expressed his satisfaction over initiation of dignified return of displaced people to tribal regions. He directed all concerned to make the return smooth and enduring.

"The eventual purpose of the operations is to ensure stability leading to normalcy and prosperity in accordance with the aspirations of the people of FATA," he said.

Pakistan army's strong statement about Yemen crisis has surfaced on a day when the country's parliament voted unanimously against military involvement in the war-torn country.