Undecided: Govt in a dilemma over dialogue, operation

PML-N government is wary of facing reactions from right wing political parties if it pursues military operation.


Zia Tanoli December 24, 2013
PML-N government is wary of facing reactions from right wing political parties if it pursues military operation. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE:


As international powers continue to mount pressure on the Pakistan government – the question of whether to conduct a military operation against the Taliban or to pursue dialogue still looms.


The United States and other global powers fear that the Taliban can turn back to Kabul if their talks with the Pakistani government are successful. Similarly India fears that in case dialogue succeeds, Taliban will support jihadi groups operating in Kashmir to create problems for India.

Sources in the PML-N say the government is in constant contact with the military leadership which has informed the prime minister that if an operation has to be conducted, the winter season was ideal for the Pakistan Army.

However, sources said that the government did not want to disclose any such information in this regard.

The PML-N government is wary of facing reactions from Jamaat-e-Islami and other right wing political parties if it pursues a full-scale military operation against the militants in North Waziristan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2013.

COMMENTS (9)

Rex Minor | 8 years ago | Reply

The policy of a dialogue with the Taliban from the position of stregnth has been the declared policy of Pakistan army! This has not changed and will not change until the civilian leadership is able to gain the upper hand ove the army. Did Erdogan give some tips to the Prime Minister of Pakistan during his visit how to disengage the army brass from the domestic security matters?

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saleem | 8 years ago | Reply

There is another solution to talks or operations ...........lets bomb them and completely wipe them out

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