Government deliberating military operation in N Waziristan: Rehman Malik

Interior minister says North Waziristan has become hub of terrorists; government, military to decide about operation.


Web Desk October 12, 2012

KARACHI: Terming North Waziristan a hub of terrorists, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday that the government is seriously considering a military operation in the tribal badlands, reported DawnNews on Friday.

Speaking to the media at Karachi airport, Malik referred to the Taliban as “oppressors” and said that the entire nation was united against them, the report stated.

The report further quoted Malik as saying that the terrorists had not just attacked 14-year-old child rights activist Malala Yousafzai but had attacked the entire nation. He added that the government and the military will decided whether there is a need for an operation in North Waziristan or not.

The US has long been calling on Pakistan to go after the deadliest Afghan insurgents, the Haqqani network, which is believed to be based in North Waziristan.

Islamabad had voiced concerns when US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed that the Pakistani military was planning to start an operation against militants in North Waziristan, which invited strong criticism in Pakistan.

Pakistan government and military has maintained that they will not be pushed into launching an operation in North Waziristan, and that troops will only be sent in once if and when the state feels the need.

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COMMENTS (29)

ifti | 8 years ago | Reply First of all we Pakistanis should decide about our approach to eradicate this evil of terrorism. Then we can strike against it with full might and resources. It’s our bad luck that until now our measures against terrorism are unplanned and with out much thinking. If we makes our minds to get rid of that evil than we can approach to foreign countries for their help in that regard but without compromising our sovereignty. We should be ready to nip the evil to the bud
M.Ahmer Ali | 8 years ago | Reply

"Interior minister says North Waziristan has become hub of terrorists; government, military to decide about operation." One thing that shall come throughout country surely,id est,the more terrorism shall spread and more innocent people especially women and children shall be killed in Pakistan and you and military officials shall be saved in fortified palaces under the tightest foolproof security blanket.Please never give air to the more and more innocent killings in Pakistan by the barbarians Taliban and resolve all the issues regarding Taliban and terrorism thru negotiations and peace talks so that peace process could be completed and more and more innocent lives could be saved from sinless killings and stop US' war within Pakistan at least now because how many innocent girls like Malala Yousufzai you shall sacrifice in the future.....

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