Pakistan to decide timing: President, PM

Published: October 30, 2010
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Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari. Photo: file

Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari. Photo: file

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will decide when to launch a military offensive against militants in North Waziristan keeping in view ground realities and disregard any pressure on this issue, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani concurred on Friday.

Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the third round of Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, they pledged to promote durable and long lasting relations with the US while keeping its sovereignty and national dignity intact.

The issue of military operation in North Waziristan and other matters like domestic security situation were discussed in a meeting held under President Zardari. The meeting was also participated by Prime Minister Gilani, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Querashi.

According to the presidential spokesperson, the outcome of the third round of Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, held in Washington between October 20 and October 22, were reviewed and the regional situation was also discussed.

Official sources said that the foreign minister and the COAS told the president and the prime minister that important breakthroughs had been made in the strategic dialogue ­— Pakistan succeeded in getting more US aid for its defence, social and economic sectors.

Sources also reported the COAS telling the other participants that there were more than 70,000 security forces deployed in the North Waziristan, conducting targeted operations against terrorists.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 30, 2010 - 1:32PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Once again a new game of the killings of innocent and sinless people is going to start very soon on the commandments of our leaders’ supreme master USA to be the more and more blue eyed in US officials’ eyes and to get more and more aid and this is true that there are terrorists in Pakistan but they are handful.Why our hired-killers leaders do not start peace talks to the Jihadi groups on permanent basis for the real peace and security in the beloved Pakistan for the whole nation forever?Recommend

  • Prem
    Oct 30, 2010 - 7:02PM

    Pakistan, I would says start begging,licking before US for money…Thats the only thing Pakistan is good at..Recommend

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