Military has broken Taliban’s back: Kayani

Published: April 24, 2011
Army chief addresses graduating 
cadets at Military Academy Kakul.

Army chief addresses graduating cadets at Military Academy Kakul.


Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday expressed optimism that the country will soon overcome the problem of terrorism and claimed that the armed forces have been successful in breaking the backbone of the militants.

Addressing the graduation ceremony of the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, the chief of army staff (COAS) said that, in the ongoing war against terrorism, the officers and soldiers of the armed forces have made great sacrifices and have achieved tremendous success.

While the army is engaged in operations against militants in many parts of the country, its campaign is focused mainly on the tribal districts bordering Afghanistan. Analysts believe that the burgeoning militancy is the most lethal internal threat to the country.

Kayani said the Pakistan Army is fully aware of internal and external threats to the country and would meet the expectations of the nation to defend the country’s national security. Despite accusations from the United States of not doing enough to curb terrorism, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) declared al Qaeda the top internal threat to the country in August last year.

The army chief said that the people of the country value their freedom and independence more than anything else and consider no sacrifice too great to preserve it. He called upon people to remain optimistic and keep the dream of a strong Pakistan alive. “I have no doubt that all of us can achieve this together,” he said.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani congratulated the recently graduated cadets on their accomplishment.  He extended his felicitations to the visiting cadets from Kazakhstan.

Addressing the cadets, the army chief said they have been chosen for a challenging and honorable profession in one of the finest armies of the world.  “This profession demands strong…conviction.  You can reach the zenith of glory by following the high standards of professionalism.”

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff reviewed parade and awarded medals. The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Academy Senior Under Officer Abdul Malik from 123rd PMA Long Course, The President’s Gold Medal to Battalion Senior Under Officer Qazi Fasihuddin, the COAS Overseas Gold Medal to Allied Under Officer Tukakov Betyr Naryzbayewish from Kazakistan, the Commandant’s Cane for the best cadet of Integrated course 42nd was awarded to Course Under Rizwan Abdul Malik. The Commandant Cane for the best cadet of Lady Cadets’ Course 8th was awarded to Course Under Officer Ayesha Aslam.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2011.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:35PM

    This guy is seriously begining to sound like, he is preparing to enter political main frame!!!!
    Which terrorist’s backs are broken??? Kindly name the outfits and their locations too??
    More bloody like the Army and the Govt’s back are broken from bending down and begging from the rest of the world for past few years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • faraz
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:36PM

    At least Kiyani is much more sincere in combating terrorism than Musharraf. Musharraf was a total drama; under his rule the Taliban expanded their activties from Waziristan to other agencies, Malakand, Dir and Swat. Kiyani conducted the first ever genuine military operation in Bajaur, and later cleared Swat. I am a severe critic of the army but I believe Kiyani has certain limitations; he can’t alter the mindset of the entire military establishment, its generals, officers and agencies that has developed over decades. There are vested interests connected with the jihadi enterprise, Kiyani can’t change everything in a single stroke. It’s a myth that the army chief can do whatever he wishes. A broad consensus has to be reached among the top ranking generals before pursuing a certain policy.Recommend

  • Apr 23, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Broken the back? Perhaps. But people are still dying and remain terrorized. Recommend

  • parvez
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Blowing your own trumpet, sounds good only to yourself. Recommend

  • pragmatist
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:55PM

    Any facts and figures Mr.Kayani or is it simply “back broken”? How much will you now bill the US? $6 billion? What is the going rate for broken backs?Recommend

  • AD
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Kayani says militants’ back broken……it means “Houston… its Pakistan….send us more money..we need more cash”

    Houston: Lag gayi…..Recommend

  • Imme
    Apr 23, 2011 - 2:02PM

    not their bones but bones of poor nation by asking for more money out of poor’s blood Recommend

  • General kya nahi
    Apr 23, 2011 - 2:22PM

    But taliban also said, inshallah, we broke the backs of army. Both of us are fighting for allah & it appears both will win against each other. Allah hafeezRecommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Apr 23, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Action speaks louder than words Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    Apr 23, 2011 - 2:53PM

    “broken the back” sure! Everybody, go back and have a peaceful sleep, untill the next bomb goes off . I think the khakis dont need to spend money to train soldiers. All the khakis have to do is come on tele and declare “mission accomplished (like this one ..back is broken)”! The awam is very naive..they will believe anything, if there is another bomb blast after the “back has been broken”, khaki can always blame it on the ubiqutious “foreign hand”!Recommend

  • Mazhar Shah
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:12PM

    American dependancy upon Pakistani forces is not hidden. It is clear that an American solder cannot fight with tons of load including mineral water carring into hills to fight Afghani defiant to receive the Americans.
    By using alone drone attach tha ground may not be captured. On ground only Pakistani forces are taking the toll and dare to combat face to face with surgents.
    America by effort to hide their incapability to fight on ground term the tactic to fing as miss trust.
    By pushing pressure and hiding shortfall may not help to achieve the goals but to prolong the situation which is in their befenit to buy time for pull out in excuses.
    The palnning and miss trust and relaying on the alies is unique situation created by America the big democracy and human right protectant.
    America is making case that they are protecting homeland by attaching the Afghans who most of them have not travelled with their own country and by supporting and creating Talibaan animosity they shall be offer flowers in return.Recommend

  • Srinath
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Gen Kiya Nahi is repeating Gen Musharraf’s words, Recommend

  • Srinath
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:29PM

    But Haqqani group and LeT group still have spine and spunk!Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:31PM

    Only a month back we were told about Lower Dir being cleared of the beasts(TALIBAN) but then we had an attack and 14 people were martyred. We will only believe when we have no more attacks in the cities, village etc.Recommend

  • FactCheck
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:31PM

    It was in Kayani’s dream last night. Recommend

  • Nael
    Apr 23, 2011 - 3:44PM

    express tribune allows too many indians on the site. have you ever tried to blog on times of india. holier than thou tribune crowd wake up.Recommend

  • concerned
    Apr 23, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Ditto mate, I agree with you completely.
    This blog is only for Ultra Anti Army People and Indians who have no interest in rational debate on our security issues.
    Do you remember how many bombs were going off in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar 2 years back, there was a big suicide bombing every week. Do you see taht happening these days??Recommend

  • sundar
    Apr 23, 2011 - 4:28PM


  • Cautious
    Apr 23, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Is this a joke?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 23, 2011 - 4:43PM

    If you have anything of relevance to say in regards to the article, than do so!!! otherwise just shut up, with the indian phobia!!!!! It just shows your IQ level!!!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 23, 2011 - 5:09PM

    @FactCheck: Though I was very sad due to the death of my early age friend Mr. Moin Akhter but your comments forced me to laugh. In fact our backs are broken. They are moving around freely under the umbrella of some political/religious parties. It is time to speak truth before our legs also get broken.Tall claims from such highest level suggests things are moving other way around. We have to come out of denials and accept the reality. Yes, it will take time but for that purpose let the political leadership in our country decide. All political parties are sincere and faithful to the country and so are other state pillars. Each has a role to play. You play on your turf and don’t interfere in others……Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 23, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Firstly This is not a Blog! Its an News Article!
    What rational debate are you talking about, Shall we start with those cockroaches your Army endorsed and supported for their proxy wars and games in neighbouring countries, who now are blowing up innocent people in your back yard ! Or shall we discuss the deciet and hidden agendas that your army is playing games with in regards to War on Terror!!
    Even better, perhaps you care to enlighten idiots like me as to how your Army is over billing the US Taxpayers for bogus operations to the tune of Billions, not millions of Dollars, While you are at it please enlighten me as to any other nation on the planet, where the Army actually bills for services rendered directly and is the sole beneficiary of those funds too, without actually providing any accountablity for the funds to its democratically elected Govt.
    I shall await for your response!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Apr 23, 2011 - 5:28PM

    The only back that the Gen.Kayani broke is of Pakistan’s economy.Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 23, 2011 - 5:35PM

    @Hedgefunder: In fact the foreign supported criminals and terrorists are on the run. All they can do now is attack children in schools and bomb civilian bazaars in desperation. The whole public is sick of them but the main sign of success is that they can only do acts of desperation. They have strengthened public resolve and respect for the military. It will be time until isolated acts of criminality can be stopped since the nation cannot defend every school and bazaar against criminals bent on murdering civilians. But there is greater public vigilance and a good number of the criminals are being caught before they do their crimes. Musharraf was too busy being a dictator to focus on military action. Kayani has returned professionalism to the military which is why they have been effectively pushed out to the nether world of Afghanistan where the Indians still back them to commit crimes on our land. By the way, I echo the sentiments of those writers who are tired of all the Indians posting on Pakistani news sites. Recommend

  • Raju
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:13PM

    ……has broken the back of militants …….and they will be provided will all possible treatment at ISI headquarter by Dr. Pasha…..HA HA HA HA …Recommend

  • Maddog Qadafhi
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:15PM

    @Mazhar Shah

    “American dependancy upon Pakistani forces is not hidden. It is clear that an American solder cannot fight with tons of load including mineral water carring into hills to fight Afghani defiant to receive the Americans.”

    Laughable….considering the number of Americans vs. Taliban killed in the various offensives in Afghanistan, I would’nt be saying anything about the American Soldier.

    “By using alone drone attach tha ground may not be captured. On ground only Pakistani forces are taking the toll and dare to combat face to face with surgents.
    America by effort to hide their incapability to fight on ground term the tactic to fing as miss trust.”

    American’s only rely on drones because they cannot enter places like N. Waziristan and at the same time neither will the Pakistani army.Recommend

  • Apr 23, 2011 - 6:19PM

    yes sure – the footsoldiers (little madrassa kids) back may be broken but their masters – the Mullahs are still radicalising and destroying without anyone saying anything let alone doing anything to stop themRecommend

  • Maddog Qadafhi
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:21PM


    “In fact the foreign supported criminals and terrorists are on the run.”

    Is there any factual basis to say that these terrorists are foreign supported? And if there is why has it not been presented before the UN or other international bodies? Screaming the same thing over and over again does not make for proof.Recommend

  • John
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:32PM

    “The terrorists’ backbone has been broken and Inshallah (God willing) we will soon prevail.”

    A text book definition of oxymoron.

    If they are broken you prevailed.

    Or is he referring to NATO in coded terms?Recommend

  • Mawali
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:32PM

    How long will this exercise in futility continue? Again, this is NOT Pakistan’s war! It is more a mercenary action designed to appease in order to fill the empty coffers.
    Terrorism cannot be won by this farce that Kayani recites adnauseam. Keep fighting the symptoms without getting to the root of the problems will send the already beleaguered country towards further darkness. A certain demise of Pakistan but will create problem far more sinister than the pundits could ever imagine.
    These are our own people and feel betrayed by Pakistan. They need to be talked to and understood rather than blown to smithereens. It is time Pakistan picks sides and the obvious choice is for its own people. Pakistan has lost too much to include a say over its sovereignty. If other Nations can come into its territory and take unilateral action without a fear of reprisal then the country is a besieged state. Too much has been lost. It is time to pull back turn around and acknowledge enough is enough. Two super powers later the problem in Afghanistan remains. The lesson General Mullen wished to repeat from Iraq has sort of fallen by the wayside. This ain’t Iraq and these aren’t Iraqi’s. These are proud Pushtuns. Their one and only demand is for all foreign forces to vacate the country. Nothing less will do.
    The funny thing is that now many in the West are beginning to acknowledge that the US Campaign to build bases and foreign posts has more negative impact and maybe contributing to the rise in militancy. (November/December issue of Foreign Affairs)
    For all the Musharraf bashing that people just love to wallow in. He had it right all along. This fight cannot be won by force alone. AMF!Recommend

  • Jami
    Apr 23, 2011 - 9:19PM


    Isreal. The answer is Isreal. Recommend

  • Apr 23, 2011 - 9:56PM

    People’s back is broken everyday by power cuts, bomb blasts, inflation, corruption, law and order problems, religious murders, honour killings etc. Pak leaders are already born without backbones. Only Taliban is having backbones and now army has broken them also. Now Pakistan is a nation without a backbone.Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Apr 24, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Ex-chief of ISI claims back of its own chelas broken! good joke.Recommend

  • General Chaman
    Apr 24, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Only time will tell…Recommend

  • Rabzon
    Apr 24, 2011 - 5:36AM

    So what about North Waziristan, General? Recommend

  • Ajnabi
    Apr 24, 2011 - 5:40AM

    at the first sight,.i read it as” military’s back broken” and appraised the gen for his truthfulness….but alas!!Recommend

  • General kya nahi
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:20AM

    Nice humourRecommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:26AM

    I am glad that there is no terrorism in Pakistan. The chief of the army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan cannot lie. I wonder how can he eliminate the Taliban from the Pakistan army and other law enforcement agencies? Everybody in Pakistan thinks he is a comedian. May be he is trying to take Moen Akther’s place.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Apr 24, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Dear all Pakistanis ! You would not have been breathing in freedom if Pak Army would have been weak or if it would have failed. We all must stand with our Army, as the wars are not won by Armed Forces but by the NATIONS. Do not mislead people by speaking the language of Pak’s enemies. The sacrifices given by the Army in War Against Terror are unmatched. We must pray that ALLAH ALMIGHTY shall give us strength to fight the ongoing turmoil and bless us with vision to differentiate between the right and wrong. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:35AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Much the best statement you have given in this regard but please would you like to explain truly,honestly and sincerely that all the killed persons by Pakistan Army on the name of terrorism or fake terrorism were the real terrorists and militants or you just gave this statement to please USA to collect more and more $$$$$$$$ as the aid and loans?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 24, 2011 - 1:53PM

    What are your Law Enforcement Agencies doing about these Foreign Criminals and Terrorists, who are hurting and killing innocent people????
    How many have been convicted for these offences or actually deported???
    If the people of the land are that sick about the carnage inflicted on them, then how come they are not on streets of all major cities to protest at lack of action on Govt’s part???
    This india phobia that the pakistanis are obsessed with is understandable as they need a scrapegoat for that is wrong at present in Pakistan.Recommend

  • A
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Ooohhh….Mr. Kayani….you really/truly said that Army has broken the back bone of Pakistan. You see no gas, no food, no electricity, no security, no integrity, no health, no respect for nation…you people bright Pak in Stone Age. Fake statements, black propaganda, parasitic role, dishonesty, luxury life, using/trading and killing innocents these are services of Pakistan Army. Where is economy, where is integrity, where is faith, where Pak ideology and where you bring the nation???????????????????????????????????????????…some people think that the world/Pak will never without them…it’s a psychosomatic disease. Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Mr.General, which taliban you are talking about Pakistan or Afghanistan ?Recommend

    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:27PM

    I wish the General would have been honest enough to admit that the army has not been able to achieve its objectives inspite of their best efforts. To boast that Taleban’s back has been completely broken is far from truth, a statement which lacks conviction since Taleban is striking civilian and military targets at regular intervals despite broken backs. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 26, 2011 - 1:31AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    Tell me, which Pak General has ever been Honest and Transparent with their Fellow Country Man, let alone foriegn powers??
    They seem to breathe different air of illusion.Recommend

  • Muhammad Malik
    May 6, 2011 - 1:43AM

    I read this today, after the Americans killed Bin Laden almost within sight of where General Kayani gave this speech. Lies like this makes it easy to loose respect for our military leadership. If we ever had a war with India we would all be dead if we counted on this General to tell the truth about the status of our defence. Recommend

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