Kayani denies joint military operation in N Waziristan

Published: August 17, 2012
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Army chief meets US Centcom Commander, says Pakistan will not launch operations as a result of 'outside pressure'. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Army chief meets US Centcom Commander, says Pakistan will not launch operations as a result of 'outside pressure'. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Chief on Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has categorically denied US media reports which stated that Pakistan was launching joint operations in the North Waziristan Agency.

In a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday, Kayani clarified Pakistan’s position in response to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement of July 3, 2012 in which she said talked of “coordinated actions against terrorists who threaten Pakistan and the region”.

The ISPR statement said, “It is important to distinguish between ‘coordinated action’ and ‘joint operation’.

“‘Coordinated action’ implies that the Pakistan Army and Isaf conduct operation on respective sides of the Pak-Afghan Border. For such actions, intelligence sharing is the mainstay of mutual cooperation. Contrarily, a ‘joint operation’ implies that the two forces are physically employed jointly on either side of the border. A ‘joint operation’ in this sense is unacceptable to the people and the armed forces of Pakistan, hence, has always been our clearly stated red line.”

Kayani reiterated that Pakistan might undertake operations in North Waziristan determined by the political and military requirements but it will never be a result of any “outside pressure”.

“Pakistan’s national interest continues to be the prime consideration for any decision in this regard,” the ISPR statement said.

According to the statement, Kayani dispelled the US reports during a meeting with Commander US Centcom General James N Mattis in Islamabad, in which both sides discussed matters of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction over the level of cooperation between the two militaries.

On Monday, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had told AP news agency that Pakistan had decided to launch a military operation against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan but the campaign was not against the Haqqani network.

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  • Aryabhat
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:38PM

    That is even better – not joint but coordinated operations! Does anyone has any idea how much Americans would avoid ANY operations which means coffins comign back home in this election time?

    It is still not clear if Pak Army is targetting the pawns (going in NWA) or Top guys – who must have left NWA already by now and be safely ensconed in highly civilian areas like Karachi and Lahore!

    I hope, sincerely hope, that is what reflects Gen Kayani’s seemingly opaque statements of last 2 days. Because he is the only man today who can save Pakistan from meltdown!

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:39PM

    So there will be a one-sided operation, then?

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  • Aug 17, 2012 - 3:40PM
  • YA
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:42PM

    express tribune tell kayani

    that pakistanis will leave pakistan if mr kayani not do military operation against tehreek e taliban

    you use force against baluch brothers and cant take action against monsters pakistan taliban

    if then most pakistanis will leave pakistan but remember kayani you will be killed before.

    30,000 people died is no less terrorism

    if you think operation will increase terrorism

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  • entropy
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:45PM

    “joint operations are unacceptable to the people and armed forces of Pakistan”, but it is acceptable to be drone attacked every day and it is acceptable for America as well as numerous Gulf countries to interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan. What a joke!

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  • Falcon
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Its good that army has come out with clarification. Otherwise, speculations were growing about operations. Yesterday’s tragedies in Kamra and massacre of innocent civilians is an indication that militants are still very strong vs. the state and we need to tread carefully to protect our citizens.

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  • major-ji
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:48PM

    When habit of mincing the words will disappear, all will become OK. Fact is presence of extremists in these areas. Common goal of both countries to get rid of these terrorists. Where problem is then. Why each day issuing different statements. My dear COAS please stop now befouling the nation with twisted statements. Each Pakistan wants to get the extremist finished. How you do it your problem.

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  • Adnan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Why be the ‘hired gun’ for a defeated (US) army anyway?

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  • aley
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Sir who says you launch operation on external pressure, i believe there is more pressure within the country to do so. Have you ever bothered to feel the pressure created by the sighs of mothers who loose their sons, daughters who lost their brothers, wives who lost their husbands, children who lost their parents….don’t you feel any pressure? If you can feel then do feel what happened a day earlier 25 innocent people were killed just because they belonged to Shia sect. Don’t you feel the pressure of killing fields of Quetta? Don’t you SIr? Still you need to rely on external pressure??

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  • san
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:22PM

    General you are very wrong. Joint operation will help Pakistani army. Do not be scared of mad jahedi. Make a decision we are standing behind you. Say yes please.

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  • Naseer
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Gen. Kayani, hit the iron while it’s hot. US will not bug you if you sincerely take action against the terrorists. After Kamra attack, public pressure is all you need for swift action against the terrorists. If you don’t act now, we all truly suspect your loyalty with Pakistan..

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  • Zaikam
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:37PM

    Aley: Sir, so you think a military operation is the only solution to it? I am afraid so, had it been the case, Afghanistan would have been the safest place on earth. Please re-think. Regards

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  • Pan-economic?
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Good move, it’s not in our national interest to lose another 40,000 civilians, and further loss of Investment, rise in debt, just like that! We need to prioritize, build our economy for the remaining 180 million people, get a good government that can do this, rather than wasting our time in another offensive on a few mountaineers! Recommend

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:51PM

    To bring peace and to save the country, operation against terrorists is the need of the hour whether it is coordinated or single handedly by Pakistan Army without the involvement of RM.

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  • Enlightened
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:56PM

    What I understand in military tactics is that US and Pakistan shall employ hammer and anvil maneuver in which two infantries from both countries shall launch frontal assaults in varying strengths and sandwich the enemy ie militant groups. However Gen Kayani has correctly stated that the operation would be conducted separately on both sides of the common border by the respective armies and may not be termed as joint operations but coordinated action appears to be more appropriate terminology. Recommend

  • Ninja
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:04PM

    About time we stop believing everything spewed by American media and officials. Pakistans interest comes first and Chief knows what he’s doing.Recommend

  • freeman
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:16PM

    General, finish these zombies before they finish the civilized people.

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  • a&a
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Please Go ahead as soon as early . . .!!!!

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:08PM

    It is lies and semantics just like ex PM Gilani has agreed to drone attacks with American ambassador but denied it to the nation . It is a major mistake to go into North Waziristan guns blazing and there will be civilian deaths and destruction which will causes more hatred, more resentment and more tit for tat and in the long run seceding from Pakistan. Why don’t we learn what is going on in Baluchistan, this government is toadding to Americans now but Americans will do whatever is in their interests because it is a super power. I truly believe that bombing in other provinces is direct result of revenge (Badal) from the Pukhtuns from FATA, it is simple,you kill their love ones and they will kill yours.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:30PM

    There should be no delay in operation .otherwise they will migrate to safe heaven ,

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  • Dushmann
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Why not joint operation? Don’t want the Americans to see how the fake anti-terrorist operation is being carried out? Just want to submit fake report ‘we killed all terrorists‘ and collect dollars in return?Recommend

  • janaan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:00PM

    I couldn’t understand the stupid message by YA. what he meant and where he was trying to tie the knots. totally out of logic or rationale. i wonder where has the baluch issue suddenly propped from; india i guess.

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  • A J Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:25PM

    God be with you.
    May God bring success to the Armed Forces of Pakistan against the enemies of this country.
    May Pakistan get peace with itself and with its neighbours. May Allah grow and developthis country for the coming generations.
    May the enemies of this beautiful country be cursed.

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  • Cautious
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Arabs are smart enough to have the American’s do their battles for them and their troops are used mostly to enter the cities in parades after the American’s do the hard work. Not sure what thought process Pakistan is using but whatever your doing doesn’t seem to be working.

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  • xero
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Editor: I beleive COAS stands for “chief of army staff” not “chief on army staff” :P pls correct

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  • Adil
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:48PM

    This is not the time for Ghairath and Self-respect. The country is burning. Taliban are openly attacking military installments. Pakistanies are being dragged out of buses and ruthlessly killed. Remember that there is no dignity in kneeling in front of barbarians and living on their terms. For the sake of Pakistan, go all-out on the Taliban and affiliates.

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  • Qaisrani
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:45PM

    I suggest leasing all these areas where government does not have writ, be given to China for 3 months every year, for 5 consecutive years.These 3 months must include one holy month of Ramazan too.Believe me there will be enduring peace keeping in view excellent chinese human rights record.
    NATO along with USA is useless body when it comes to counter terrorism etc.China is the best.They may be aided by Russia under Putin’s leadership too.

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  • dalwala
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Why more blood sheds? Why more killings? Why don’t we invite our TTP brothers to a dal party and then talk to them and nicely ask them to stop bad actions against Pak… Why can’t we try that first…

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  • boltanaujawan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:22AM

    we are proud of you Pak-Army. Even, Our president is also admirable in this matter, because he always stands brave against every external pressure…

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  • jibran
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    No matter what price we have to pay, we must bring the butchers of Waziristan to justice. There should be no safe heavens and the sense of dodging their rightful fate for anyone who sheds the blood of pakistanis. Waziristan operation must start to send these criminals and their sympathizers loud and clear message.

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  • Parvez
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:24AM

    I thought only Musharraf was a procrastinator, but apparently it seems not.

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  • KhuRram Kaleem
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:21AM

    This is better now.the taliban can do more than america and the chief can imagine!

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  • Enlightened
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Now Pakistan can ask Americans to do more.

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  • Khaleej
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:12PM

    After seeing an intense negative response from within the Armed forces and public opinion on NW operations, Kyani is now on the defensive and has resorted to deceiving public opinion and armed forces by issuing such statements. ISPR, We do not need explanations between Coordinated and joint operation because politically it means the same. Dont fool us with English. Looks like US stooges in Mil and Civilian leadership will are on the back foot and Inshalah this pressure will be another blow to US in this region.

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  • Aug 19, 2012 - 2:50AM

    Thank you General Kayani for refusing to carry out a joint military operation in N Waziristan as well as telling the Americans that Pakistan would take actions against Taliban when and where its national interests will suit the situation.
    USA still thinks that it can order Pakstan around to fight its war on terror while its own mighty war machine along with NATO forces could not defeat a ragtag army of few thousans Afghans freedom fighters. President Musharaf in a BBC debate proram also pointed to USA why it was unable to intercept the socalled Haqqani soldiers when they can easily reach Kabul. The fact of the matter is that USA is using the unrest in Afghanistan to help extremists in Pakistan to attack Pakistani targets and eventually find an excuse to launch an attack on the land. If this happens, USA will learn a befitting lessson which it has not learnt in other countries yet!

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