No timeframe: Kayani hints at blitz in North Waziristan

Published: August 18, 2012
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" We might, if
necessary, undertake
operations in NWA, in
the timeframe of
our choosing. It will
never be a result of
any outside pressure,"
Army chief General
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

" We might, if necessary, undertake operations in NWA, in the timeframe of our choosing. It will never be a result of any outside pressure," Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

ISLAMABAD: 

Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani indicated on Friday that Pakistan might launch a fresh military offensive in the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA), but stressed that it would not be initiated at the behest of any outside power.

“We might, if necessary, undertake operations in NWA, in the timeframe of our choosing and determined only by our political and military requirements. It will never be a result of any outside pressure,” the army chief was quoted as saying by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), following talks with the head of US Central Command (Centcom) General James Mattis.

Gen Mattis arrived in Islamabad late Thursday evening, where senior officials said he would meet the army chief to discuss how to eliminate their “common enemy” – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Sources said the military was planning for a push against the TTP in North Waziristan but did not want to be seen as aligned with the US because of the likely public backlash.

According to the ISPR statement, the army chief said Pakistan’s national interest continues to be the prime consideration for any decision regarding the military offensive in North Waziristan.

Gen Kayani, during a meeting with Gen Mattis, also denied reports that he had given any ‘understanding’ to General John Allen, the head of the Nato/Isaf mission in Afghanistan, about Pakistan’s willingness to launch joint operations in the restive tribal areas.

He clarified Pakistan’s position by referring to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement on July 3, 2012, in which she talked of “coordinated action against terrorists who threaten Pakistan and the region.”

The statement went to great lengths to stress that it was “important” to distinguish between ‘coordinated action’ and a ‘joint operation’: “Coordinated action implies that the Pakistan Army and Isaf conduct an operation on their respective sides of the Pak-Afghan Border, for which 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 Armed Forces of Pakistan, hence, has always been our clearly stated red line,” the statement read.

It further said the two generals expressed satisfaction over the level of cooperation between their militaries and resolved to continue to further improve relations between the two countries. The US Embassy also released a statement on Friday, terming Mattis’ talks with senior Pakistani leaders successful.

According to the statement, General Mattis held meetings with Gen Kayani, Secretary of Defense Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik and other senior military officials on a “wide range of common security issues, (including) militant network activities and measures to improve cross-border cooperation.

“They agreed to continue to meet periodically to further common objectives on cross-border cooperation and regional security,” the statement added. An American diplomat said that Gen Mattis highlighted the importance of Pakistan going after the ‘deadliest’ Afghan insurgents, the Haqqani network, to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the Pakistan military in their fight against militants, and offered his condolences for the nearly 5,000 Pakistani military personnel who have fallen in support of that cause.

(Read: General Kayani in Kakul)

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Yo!!
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:49AM

    slave our army is; slave they will remain!

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  • Anti-mullah
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:58AM

    Sources said the military was planning for a push against the TTP in North Waziristan but did not want to be seen as aligned with the US because of the likely public backlash.

    Kind of sad. We’d like to see max collaboration against TTP who is bent on killing indiscriminately be it Shia or Sunni . C’mon Kaayani sahab Pakistani Public is mature enough to understand it now. Take the bold step.

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  • Waqas
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:00AM

    Please Dont do any more operations. Please Stop this.

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  • Cautious
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:32AM

    So why does Pakistan have this phobia against “joint operations”? Seems to me that agreeing on the target and allowing the American’s to do the “heavy lifting” would give better results with less Pakistani casualties.

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  • a&a
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:15AM

    Go!! Please Go after them ………..

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  • Caramelized_Onion
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:50AM

    Maybe E.T. should ask the Indians what they think of Gen. Kayani’s statement before printing the Pakistani side of the story, like it always does.

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  • Shariff
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:55AM

    I have lost respect for this guy, he is more of a disgrace to this country.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Releasing of $1.8 billion of Isaf fund generates a lots of goodwill among our generals and the amreekan.
    It is amazing that even after kamra base attack kayani is still yapping about : ““We might, if necessary, undertake operations in NWA, in the timeframe of our choosing and determined only by our political and military requirements. It will never be a result of any outside pressure,”
    The NA should have been cleared after GHQ, mehran, isi HQ and other attacks.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Still no statement from Nawaz Sharif on this war on terror? Where is that messianic statesman?

    People of Pakistan are demanding Mian Nawaz Sharif to tell the world how he is going to deal with this war in FATA…………!!!

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  • Ali Z
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:02AM

    “We might, if necessary, undertake operations in NWA, in the timeframe of our choosing and determined only by our political and military requirements. It will never be a result of any outside pressure,”

    When will the military give up lying to the people of Pakistan?

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  • OG
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:30AM

    we need this operation.. take out these TTP thugs!

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  • 3Man
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:30AM

    not good….not good….bad strategic move…one needs to have patience in the current environment…it will only hurt us and lead to a civil war…the nation is split amongst 2 extreme mindsets….and a corrupt political elite….Pakistan needs a savior….NOW….sad that it has come to this

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 6:37AM

    Just give the country over to the Mullahs wholesale – who needs progress and education, the Mullahs will take us all to Heaven!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:51AM

    Operation should start from Lahore and Rawalpindi. Capture those who are hiding in Zaman Park, Mansoora, Johar Town and Lal Haveli. Second step should be to arrest culprits in Media and Judiciary. Neutralize terrorist supporters first before moving into Waziristan.

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  • TightBanian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:07AM

    Why did Mr.Kayani deny it outright yesterday? What would it take to get these guys to speak the truth without cornering them?

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:15AM

    @Waqas:
    Go to the recently deceased soldier’s families and say that. Lets see if you can type afterwards.

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  • Anti-mullah
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:20AM

    Bangles for Pakistan army this eid.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:08AM

    no delay plZ . Otherwise cost will increase .

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  • Harkol
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:11AM

    Silly me.

    I thought Pakistan is supposed to be a democracy, but here is army chief talking about what surely is a momentous decision!

    He says it won’t be a joint action. But, if it ever came about, it will be version 2.0 of “hunt with the hounds”, while protecting strategic assets. Musharraf enacted version 1.0 well. This will Perhaps refresh the ‘Fool USA’ project for another decade to get goodies.

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  • Syed
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:14AM

    We need a blitz and an all out assault on the mullah and taliban outlaws.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:56AM

    Outside pressure is what got Kayani his current job.
    Or Musharraf would still have been in power.

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  • shiasaremuslims
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Shias are being killed on a daily basis by ttp how can you wait any longer. Its in our interest not USA’s interest to attack NW.

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  • Jenai dau
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:06AM

    iam for Joint operation.Its about time.

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  • sheikh zaad
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:07AM

    Where is Imran Khan these days? We want astatement from pti re nw operations and what is he doing about it?

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  • umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Useless and pathetic …. We have totally become US slaves….. We talk about things like integrity and self respect and when it comes to single statement from US, we lay down like carpets…… DISGRACE!!!!

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  • umer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @Imran Con: Doing this operation and you will more such families of deceased soldiers… Its war a that has no end and most damaging for our brave soldiers because the enemy resides in between the people they protect!!!

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  • socratese
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @Yo!!:
    They weere slave when they fought fought american sanctioned Jihad in afghanistan. Its time for redemption. The monster created by Pak Army and Us should be buried by their own hands. Go Pak Army we stand with you in this effort.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 3:26PM

    I dont think this is gong to happen. The words have been said before without much action. I will believe it once its done.

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  • CAT
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Pakistan only needs Morsi., President Morsi.

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