N Waziristan operation: Kayani empowered to take final decision

Published: November 24, 2010
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File photo of Pakistani Army gunship helicopters at a military base in an operation against Taliban militants in Swat valley, on 27 May 2009. PHOTO: EPA

File photo of Pakistani Army gunship helicopters at a military base in an operation against Taliban militants in Swat valley, on 27 May 2009. PHOTO: EPA

ISLAMABAD: The government has authorised Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to take a final decision on when and how to launch a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, sources said.

A decision to this effect was taken at an important meeting at the Presidency on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and army chief General Kayani.

According to military sources, the trio discussed key issues, including a possible military operation in North Waziristan Agency, the border situation and internal and external threats to the country.

The meeting decided that it was for Islamabad to take a decision about launching a military operation in any part of the country. And that no external pressure would be accepted in this regard.

Apart from other issues, the trio also discussed the fluid security situation in the tribal regions and in Balochistan.

The meeting also took up the issue of increasing US drone strikes in tribal regions and reports in US media about possible expansion in the drone campaign. The trio decided that the US would not be allowed to expand drone attacks to any other part of the country.

A press release issued by the presidency says that the meeting was a part of the regular consultation process and it discussed security matters.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Sengathir
    Nov 24, 2010 - 10:34AM

    hehehe…the words are so diplomatic.but, even a child knows what Zardari & Gilani could do, and the real center of power is Kayani…Recommend

  • Raju
    Nov 24, 2010 - 12:20PM

    Come on man !!! just wash away terrorism corruption and mullas from Pak Coming generations of whole world will be endorsing you for your gesture for humanity.You are on the driving seat How can you let down you nation and people. Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Operation is not only the solution of peace. We con solve this problem by discussion .But if our Govt. and Army take the decision to start operation in North Wazeristan. Then “HOPE FOR THE BEST”. WAIT and see what will be the end of this operation.

    UMT(Lahore)Recommend

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