Military denies report on Pakistan-US joint operation in N Waziristan

Published: August 7, 2012
Coordinated actions should not be mistaken for ‘joint operations': Military officer  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Coordinated actions should not be mistaken for ‘joint operations': Military officer PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RAWALPINDI: A military official on Tuesday rejected The Wall Street Journal report about a probable joint operation in North Waziristan by Pakistan and the US.    

“Coordinated actions on respective sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border are a part of routine efforts and should not be mistaken for ‘joint operations’,” the official said.

He further stated that the targeted action during the operation “Tight Screw” in North Waziristan by the Pakistan Army is an ongoing process.

“The operation to squeeze terrorists has been carried out for some months now and there is no new operation as mentioned in the report,” he said.

“When, where and how to carry out within our territory is up to Pakistan alone to decide,” he concluded.

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  • entropy
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:23PM

    God bless the Pakistan army. Who else do we have to look after the country?


  • Aug 7, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Joint command is the most effective way to go, as the U.S. and British demonstrated with their “Combined Ops” set-up in WWII. Much superior to the “coordination” of WWI where gaps between national units were mercilessly exploited by the German command.


  • Raj - USA
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Never believe until it is officially denied theory always holds true.

    Why keep denying it and doing it? It would produce better results if it is owned and done.


  • Batman
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:51PM

    so it seems western media was lying again, just like before.


  • Mirza
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:01PM

    @Raj – USA:
    I agree with you. If it is denied by ISPR, it must be true! What is the need to make any statement by the military? Why is our army trying to create a political instead of a military win for itself?


  • Cautious
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Makes sense to me — can’t see any reason why the military would suddenly roll over and conduct joint operations after refusing to do so for a decade.


  • Khurram
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:18PM

    I sincerely hope you are only kidding. Our so called saviours have ceded the control of FATA to extremist elements a long time ago and have not won a single battle against them.


  • Ninja
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:20PM

    @Raj-USA, what a ridiculous theory that is. Many people were excited (ET, etc) and many worried about this operation but the military has cleared the issue.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:29PM

    We all should be proud of Pak Army’s sacrifices. When and where to carry out operation is Pakistan’s prerogative.


  • ayub khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Another Battle and killings of tribal. More Missile and drone Attacks and Ariel bombardment on tribal and Displacement of Tribal and disgraceful staying in camps are the main feature of this Accord. And a message of a tribal for all Pakistani Nation “Don’t expect flowers from Us”. We knows very well the effects of Army settings in an area , just like kashmiri feel the presence of indian Army in Kashmir.Recommend

  • karma
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Joint operation on ‘strategic assets’?? US has to be dumb to believe Pakistan Army would do that. They couldn’t have forgotten the 2001 promise of going after Al-Qaeda and then Abottabad 10 yrs later.


  • Imran Con
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Funny how there was silence until the media showed extremist supporting parties speaking out against it. Now suddenly they deny it when they’re usually quite quick in their denial response times.
    Though the Pakistani military usually denies most cooperation with the US/NATO when it comes to anything within their borders. They’d much rather claim sole credit to any positive action against terrorists inside of Pakistan, especially with how humiliated they’ve gotten recently added to the anti-American sentiments they fostered. After all that, any acknowledgment of cooperation at the request of the US only hurts them in their own country. But, considering their track record, it’s almost always a sure thing that if they take action it’s due to outside pressure. It’s just ego maintenance, which is a little sad considering they’re the only ones who don’t appear to notice their self-aggrandizing claims don’t match reality as far as most history is concerned.


  • Mirza
    Aug 8, 2012 - 1:32AM

    We should believe on everything that ISPR tells us without any questions. They have a spotless record.Recommend

  • Cobra Commander
    Aug 8, 2012 - 2:24AM

    Military denies Ossama is in Pakistan
    Military denies Quetta shura exists
    Military denies Haqqani network is based in pakistan
    Military denies it is trying to sabotage the civilian government

    Denial is the best policy for Pakistani military .


  • Ninja
    Aug 8, 2012 - 3:01AM

    @Mirza, I would rather believe ISPR then foreign propaganda. No one has a spotless record, no not even your god US.
    @Cobra Commander, Military has no other option but to deny baseless propaganda and military never denied that Osama was in Pakistan, they simply had no information of his whereabouts so how could they deny with certainty?


  • Caramelized_Onion
    Aug 8, 2012 - 6:24AM

    Indians and ISSB rejects are having a field day in the comments section as expected. Don’t worry, the common Pakistani still supports the Army.


  • Aug 8, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Dollars and AID is a ‘magic bullet.’ This speaks a very strong language.

    Giving attention to Pakistan and taking the focus away from India is a palliative rather than a cure. A temporary medication till the withdrawal is complete.

    Speaking sense of living in the present and doing away with old, hackneyed ideas of ‘age old enemies,’ ‘strategic depth,’ and ‘strategic assets’ is an alchemist’s nostrum of going ahead.

    Getting opponents to a Round Table Conference and working on the decisions to work towards peace and do away with centuries old hatred will take time and requires patience and effort.

    Choose whichever one. Salams to Pakistan


  • Cobra Commander
    Aug 8, 2012 - 10:16AM

    When the whole world says one thing and our military says the other that’s when we lose our trust with the world. This is not baseless propaganda as even china complains that we have radical infestation in our country. Army eats up 50% f our budget and they should man up and get rid of the militant threat once for all. Just denying every thing on tv will not make the issues go away .


  • Ahmer Ali
    Aug 8, 2012 - 10:38AM

    The nation’s mental condition has been in a fix and in the state of uncertainty and the nation has been unable to cerebrate and decide that who is speaking the truth and who is telling the lie either the PPP’s government’s officials or army representative (ISPR)?????????
    And this is all happening due to the inability and incapability of PPP’s unable leadership………


  • casim
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:43PM

    @Khurram: If this is true then gosh why haven’t the so called “Talibans” have taken over Pakistan & its nuclear assets by now, as its was relentlessly suggested by some propagandist media in West & India :) open your eyes & see how Pak Army is working with success.

    @Imran Con: you lack the info regrading the operations being conducted by Pak Army, if they do what US asks them to do then Pak army would have conducted operation in North Wazirstan years ago :) so don’t sit and contemplate if you have zero knowledge :)

    @Cobra Commander: At least Pak Army does not lie & attack a sovereign country & kill thousands of innocent civilians like the USA did with Iraq, we are way better than them :)


  • casim
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:48PM

    there will be no operation in North Waziristan, no one in Pakistan supports it nor the military itself, so my dear Indian friends stop complaining about what we do with our country & better look after your own people! It would be much better if you guys just cut off this Pakistan-Muslim phobia :). We are with Pak Army Long live Pakistan


  • Enlightened
    Aug 8, 2012 - 2:33PM

    @Cobra Commander:
    Your statement is half true as DENIAL is not the policy of one establishment only but of the whole state.


    Sep 4, 2012 - 10:35PM

    We are proud of our arm forces,GOD bless them.Keeping a friendly relationship with America is our requirement.


    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:13AM

    We,as a Pakistani respect our arm forces.They are brave , courageous and strong enough to fight with the enemy.Keeping friendly relationship with America is our requirement.We are suppose to do what America wants us to do.We but can never get free from IMF Loan. Every Government promises to bring the prices down but it;s impossible..


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