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Army not to bow before terrorists terms, vows Kayani

Updated Sep 16, 2013 05:58pm


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Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.—File photo courtesy ISPR
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.—File photo courtesy ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani vowed Monday that terrorists would not be allowed "to take advantage of the military’s support to the political process."

"While it is understandable to give peace a chance through a political process…no one should have any misgivings that we would let terrorists coerce us into accepting their terms,” a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations quoted Kayani as saying. “(The) Army has the ability and the will to take the fight to the terrorists.”

The military chief’s statement follows four attacks on security forces by the Pakistani Taliban in the past two days despite the country’s political leadership’s unanimously deciding earlier last week to hold peace talks with the militants.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday announced preconditions for any negotiations, saying troops must be withdrawn from the tribal areas and its prisoners released.

At least six security personnel were killed in the four separate attacks for which the TTP claimed responsibility. One of the attacks, a roadside bomb in Upper Dir near the Afghan border, killed three army men including Maj-Gen Sanaullah Khan Niazi and Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef Ahmad.

Maj-Gen Sanaullah was the commander of the forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s militancy-hit Malakand division. “The General Officer has set towering example of leading from the front which is hallmark of leadership in Pakistan Army,” said Kayani according to the ISPR statement. “We all salute his bravery.”

The Army chief vowed to spare no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of these acts of terrorism. He reiterated the Army’s resolve and commitment in fighting the menace of terrorism “in accordance with the will of the nation and at any cost.”


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FJ Siddiqui Sep 16, 2013 03:29pm

The use of strategy in the reverse order is the main problem. If we have chosen the dialogue as the first step at the very start, realizing the seriousness of the situation, and have gone towards more aggressive measures if the talks have failed then it would have been much more fruitful. Right now things have gone super complex.

I think we should follow these steps: 1. Powerful negation of TTP ideology from Qur'an and Sunnah and its widest propagation so that masses in general know that there is no support of their actions in there. Silent support is their main source of power. Unless this is done nothing else will work.

Extensive work has been done in Pakistan, sufficient to refute vehemently their ideology from the very sources they relate to.

Other simultaneous measures include: 2. Suffocating their ammunition supply line. 3. Thwart as many of their bombing and killing attempts as possible through intensive intelligence. 4. Apprehending as many as possible and punishing them one by one. 5. All this will bring them to table as their last way to survive. 6. Social uplift of the area, gradually, in a manner not too radical to local population (3 decade problem cannot be solved in months) 7. Army action in an year's time if no sign of improvement in situation after whole-hearted multidimensional concerted efforts.

Sonal Sep 16, 2013 03:37pm

Kashif Sep 16, 2013 03:40pm

This idea of having negotiation troubles me when they have killed at least 50,000 Pakistani civilians & security personnels combined and yet people think it's a reaction of drone attacks which hardly killed approx 3000 suspected militants. Such attitude in our society has brought us to this extent. I wish all this process can be fast forwarded as if its negotiation then resolution should be found sooner before it's too late.

Nasser Sep 16, 2013 03:43pm

Nice words - as always!

Javaid.khan Sep 16, 2013 03:50pm

While we pray for our beloved countryman who give up their lives for the country ,such statement have come every now and than in the past decade or so.Pakistani public wants to see some action by our civilian and military leadership of the country.If you decides for dialogue we are with you and if you think military action is the solution for lasting peaches please get on with the job.We want action and not words.

Jarrar Sep 16, 2013 03:55pm

Ghalib's couplet sums up the story: Tere waday pe jiyay hum Tou yeh jaan Jhoot jana Keh khushi say mar na Jatay agar Ai'tebaar hota!

MAC1960 Sep 16, 2013 03:56pm

Pakistan's real problem is its politicians who have never shown any courage to decide on something, always vague. Peace yes but at what terms with those who are mere criminals. Without the Pakistan Army I do not know what would have been the situation in the northern areas of Pakistan.

Irfan Baloch Sep 16, 2013 03:58pm

Sorry general

they never sought your approval & never will in the future while killing both the civilians & personnel under your command. your apologetic approach to dealing with terrorists has brought this day.

your job is to be ruthless killing machine against all those who pick up the arms against the state

leave the road building and well digging to the civilian authorities. till today your forces have failed to break the back of the TTP & LeJ, every now & then they kill civilians & soldiers with same ease, no matter how many times & whatever you say in your PMA address, TTP is only gaining strength and your army is still licking its wounds from Lal Masjid's flimsy operation

look up & learn how Turks and Saudis dealt with the militants then TTP might take you seriously.

fazalpai Sep 16, 2013 03:59pm

vows, vows, vows. pre scribed dose, for lifetime

Muhammad Taqi Sep 16, 2013 03:58pm

We salute our soldiers sacrifying their lives for our protection. Its high time that political parties understand that this whole peace deal with Taliban will never work with they asking for prisoner release, withdrawl of tropps and continous attacks are a clear indication of that. For heaven sake, be brave and order an operation.

khan Sahib Sep 16, 2013 04:09pm

Do nothing look busy. Good policy

shayne Sep 16, 2013 04:16pm

@Nasser: You cant expect much of the chief anyway. Merit and leadership seem to lack in the face of democracy as proclaimed by the some: to uphold it at the expense of the nation that is being ruined by those in power.

khanm Sep 16, 2013 04:26pm

Negotiation with terrorist is indeed our pitfall. It is the sign of our weakness. No matter what we say but it is time to tell the truth. we the citizen of pakistan deserve it...

Khan Sep 16, 2013 04:49pm

G.A. Sep 16, 2013 04:58pm

@MAC1960: How can you blame the politicians if the Army has mostly ruled this country and created these militants and let in 3 million Afghan refugees without even consulting the people? Why are we investing in Tanks and F-16s if these ragtag militants are created to defend the country? Some general's idea of creating Jihadis is now biting back.

Al Fatmi Sep 16, 2013 04:59pm

My dear general, what have you achieved in your tenure......besides getting an extension of your service. ...Nothing....The terrorists, roam freely, kill freely wherever they want & whenever they want. Cause of your great leadership skills , the morale of the army is so high that they are looking for any excuse to seek truce with these terrorists. I am sure you are a hero of our beloved Hakimullah. We salute you for your achievements.

Irfan Baloch Sep 16, 2013 05:11pm

@MAC1960: Mac my dear I used to have the same thinking but lets be fair, and not blame the politicians like you cant blame an animal. they are not meant to serve & be truthful, they are only there to rule us and milk us army on the other hand is the only institution that has a well trained powerful force that can deal with this issue but it has failed so far & the people are now panicking are begging for peace with taliban because they see their front line troops being murdered regularly whereas the TTP is trumping every day the actual battle is well beyond the politicians so cant blame them

imtiaz Hydari Sep 16, 2013 05:18pm

The Government has already demonstrated good faith via the APC declaration. It is for the TTP to show whether they want peace or war.... there is no in between! "Stop your attacks immediately and come to the negotiating table with an open mind and humility, otherwise the state will have no option to use force and this time no mercy will be shown" This clear message should be given to the TTP. We salute and support our brave men and women in uniform.

Agha Ata Sep 16, 2013 05:23pm

No matter what the Chief of Army Staff says, there is something mysterious going on behind the scene. An enemy living in our own country is killing our experienced officers, and every time it happens our leaders promise for something that hasn

Mujtaba Sep 16, 2013 05:23pm

Hang them for peace

Eddied Sep 16, 2013 05:24pm

Finally it is good to see someone from Pakistan who has the courage to stand up to the TTP terrorists...he has shown more bravery than any of your spineless politicians...especially Imran Khan...

Safdar Sep 16, 2013 05:42pm

@Al Fatmi: I echo what you have mentioned. All we hear from this guy in response to each of such incidences is that "Pak Army is prepared to deal with any threat to the nation" and I don't understand what is the use of their "prepardness" when it doesn't bring any security to their sponsors, the tax payers of Pakistan who despite their low income, help maintain their army's elite and extravagant lifestyle...

Syed Hussain Akbari Sep 16, 2013 05:42pm

My dear General Sahib Time is running away and we have already lost a lot, also our name. Please do not rely on the politicians any more. They are not going to do anything gainst so many problems the country is facing also not gainst terrorism.All our politicians are coward. At least in the last few days of your office please give a push to the campaign against terrorists. The people of Pakistan will be thankful to you and you will be remembered in the years to come.

sabeeh omer Sep 16, 2013 05:47pm

I think it is one of an incident where a senior military officer of the rank of a Maj General lost his life, otherwise it is these poor subedars/hawaldars who fall prey to the Talibans. I do not agree one bit with General Kayani that 'the Armed Forces are capable of taking the fight to the terrorists." What has our military done that would make us proud. Starting from the attack on the GHQ in Rawalpindi, to Kamla Air Base and the humiliating attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi and the Abbotabad raid right under the Army's nose it is always these terrorists who seem to be gallant, daring, more strategic minded and successful. Driving along Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi every military institution is a fort within a fort, well barricaded and apparently impermeable. Our top generals and marshals and admirals bask in the Islamabad sunlight decorated from top to toe with medals of all size and colors. What have they done to achieve this? Why was not the Commander in Chief of the Army, the Navy and the Airforce fired for their incompetency and negligence when the attacks on the GHQ, PNS Mehran and Abbotabad took place and jolted the entire nation? The terrorists too don't give a damn to what our military commanders have to say. They know too that these are mere shallow words and hollow threats. A band of rag-tag warriors with probably a training of a few months in the remote deserts of the north have put the entire armed forces on whom no less than 70% of the budget is spent hostage!

NASAH (USA) Sep 16, 2013 05:52pm

Now those who advocate banning drones against Hakeemullah should consider themselves Taliban traitors.

aisha Sep 16, 2013 06:06pm

They used to say that the army is one organised unit of the country. The Taliban have clearly shown time and again that the army is only organised when it comes to doing anything except fighting wars...

Shaikh Mohommd Sep 16, 2013 06:12pm

General Kayani should stay in the background. He should make his concern known to the PM in confidence. Such public statements do not serve any purpose. In UK IRA terrorists were creating havoc in the country. British Government quietly negotiated a peace settlement. Pakistan should take a lesson from UK. The perception is that Pakistan Army has joined American war on terror is quietly supporting US drone attacks. Please note that US drone attacks are killing innocent people and this should stop and stop immediately.

Dr. Iqbal Malik Sep 16, 2013 06:13pm

useless words again. Negotiate with terrorists? They never negotiated with the innocent lives they took? Did the terrorists negotiate with the women and children before they killed then in cold blood? Did terrorist hold "peace talks" before killing innocent worshipers at Friday prayers? Will Allah negotiate with these monsters?

JAVED RAHMAN Sep 16, 2013 06:16pm

@sabeeh omer: I fully agree with your views

Samir Sep 16, 2013 06:17pm

if God will not negotiate with these spineless creatures why should we Muslims?

Dr. Pervez Zaheer Sep 16, 2013 06:19pm

Gen. Kyani please show some backbone and stand up to Sharif and tell the TTP to go to hell .

Kashif Sep 16, 2013 06:20pm

@Muhammad Taqi: Operation? Thats what they were doing for past ten years. And throughout that period they kept saying we are prepared for any aggression.

m ashraf Sep 16, 2013 06:27pm

My dear army chief your statement is very encouraging. These terrorist are misguided and bad people, they don't and will not understand the language of wiseness. Pakistan armed forces are fully capable to defeat these terrorists. Please don't negotiate with killers of 40000 innocent people.Pakistan is a moderate and democratic country as per the wishes of our father of nation. aamin

m ashraf Sep 16, 2013 06:24pm

very good and encouraging statement.

sal Sep 16, 2013 06:25pm

abi Sep 16, 2013 06:35pm

I am sure he is waiting for his peaceful and fruitful :D departure in coming few months. he will do nothing :)

US CENTCOM Sep 16, 2013 06:36pm

First and foremost, we strongly condemn the attack on the military officers. We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to their families. It is no secret that the nation of Pakistan is faced with many challenges in regards to terrorism. We fully support Pakistan

Imran Siddiqui Sep 16, 2013 06:46pm

@sabeeh omer: I fully agree with your statement.

Masood Hussain Sep 16, 2013 07:07pm

I commend the resolve shown by the Army Chief not to let the terrorists take advantage of the desire of Political parties to solve this issue peacefully. the so-called Jihadists have not shown any genuine inclination to spare us of the fear of death and destruction.Political forces lack unity and consistency of thought and action. the self proclaimed father of terrorism is still freely running his terror churning machine.

ali Sep 16, 2013 07:05pm

Lots of talk but no action as such the terrorists are winning.

Namurad Shah Sep 16, 2013 07:06pm

Kiyani is not the boss, even though he would like to do the operation. PM Nawaz has only Punjab govt. KP is coaliation, so far only chief minister in Balochistan, Sind has also MQM and PPP. This is the condition of the democracy,, thats how you have voted.. dear civilians. of course very large majority can not even read what i have written due to lack of literacy rate/.. Corruption is high level ,, when satelitte phone can be smuggled in the jail, laptop, cell phones. what do you expect. Serving general karachi is board member of DHS.. what kind of professional level expect. Recently ..saw the resuts, 10,000 corrupt, political appointees in Karach force. Ipso facto .. rag tag Taliban over power these so called law enforcement agencies.

Shyam Kokku Sep 16, 2013 07:22pm

Mr Kayani, too late... you thought, you'll raise these hundreds of tiger cubs to fight your battles across the borders; unfortunately these tigers have grown, multiplied to thousands but are scared to cross your borders now as they get killed by armies in Kashmir or in Afghanistan. But they have tasted blood and are hungry, so every day they keep preying on your own. You better bow down a bit and find a solution - realty is your former boss Musharraf, with full escort, is unable to even drive to court scared of these guys!

Gazoo Martian Sep 16, 2013 07:38pm

Kyani saheb! Dont just say it, DO IT

And take the leadership of the PMLN, PPP, and MQM with the terrorists. These are nasoors for the nation. Hang them all high

Life Sep 16, 2013 07:41pm

Everytime i question myself about whats going on i get conflicting answers but at the end i arrive at the conclusion that its something beyond civilian's or citizen's capability to understand. Its impossible that in presence of capable political forces, a well equipped, well trained and world's 6th largest military, and world's most powerful Intelegence agency some miscreants dictate their terms. It may be something initially planned but later become uncontrolable or its still going on as per plans. In either case human beings are suffering. God save us all.

Sabahat Sep 16, 2013 08:03pm

@m ashraf: Actually, Pakistan was suppose to be islamic country. Look at the slogan: Pakistan ka matkab kia La ila ha ilala

I was a struggle to get land for muslims where they can live peacefully practicing Islam. Unfortunately, most of the founding leaders were killed by this very nation and now even question some of the policies made by Quaid and Liaqat Ali Khan.

We need to learn our history to understand what really did our founding leaders wanted and where are we going. It looks to me Pakistan has been hijacked by others. You don't see the slogan implementation and even there is a struggle changing the slogan of Pakistan and to vulgarity in the name of modernism.

Sabahat Sep 16, 2013 08:06pm

@sabeeh omer: Question is: Where are they getting money and arms? How come they have so sophisticated arms? even in some cases better than arming itself like Night googles etc.

mu Sep 16, 2013 08:13pm

the problem Army created these elements and still supports

vietnameravet Sep 16, 2013 08:14pm

@Shaikh Mohommd: I suppose those "people" planning suicide missions against Civilians in Afghanistan are "innocent" also.

aqabdulaziz Sep 16, 2013 08:16pm

They bowed 9 times before and lost 10,000 soldiers. All of this bravado speech is to satisfy the gullibles in Pakistan. The army does not have the strength or courage to take on these terrorists. The army is good at making heroic statements.

bilal habib Sep 16, 2013 08:27pm

Then why you are waiting for NW operation since 2008?

SRK Ahmed Sep 16, 2013 08:47pm

Your statement proved that you are the weakest general Pakistan army had in decades. Our soldiers are killed like sitting ducks. Couple of weeks back in two incidents, at least two dozens soldiers were killed in north Waziristan. Unfortunately no actions seen there. Presently pakistan is passing worst phase of its life. Weak government, incapable military leadership and corrupt judiciary. Only God will help us.

M. Siddique Sep 16, 2013 09:17pm

Negotiations should not take place. Army should be ordered to crush these TTP criminal thugs once and for all. Nation must back a robust millitary action until the end. It is a war in national interest.

Amit Sep 16, 2013 09:20pm

@Agha Ata: Strange indeed ! You have put confusion here very aptly on the table.

pervaiz Sep 16, 2013 09:37pm

it is failure of Pakistani intelligence and army that TTP are holding shura meetings and giving statements to media,from where and how they get all weapons??? they cant find them and kill them all??? ..... no negotiations with terrorists they must be wiped out completely

Iqbal Khan Sep 16, 2013 09:39pm

My Dear Kayani Sb. I read two news items in Dawn today 1. Top Taliban prisoner Baradar may be released in a day or two: Aziz 2. Army not to bow before terrorists terms, vows Kayani Having hard time reconciling above.Just wondering if you could throw some light.

M Ahmed Sep 16, 2013 09:47pm

Our professional politicians have failed us time after time. This APC agreed by these old hacks will get the country further into dark alley. You cannot reason with these cave dewelers with twisted religious ideology. They have got hold of distructive technology and have been killing innocents all over the country. I ask all you politians and so called religious leaders, come to your senses and finish anyone who does not want to live by law of land. All need to use civil means to bring change and not blow up innocent people who want to simply live peaceful life.

Navaid Sep 16, 2013 10:12pm

@Shaikh Mohommd: My dear there is no need to negotiate with faceless people who themselves hide in the caves,still have the mentality of dark ages,gladly keep the masses at their helm and above all use the tactics of negotiation to regroup and kill the innocent people of our country.

baqar hasan Sep 16, 2013 10:27pm

Kiyani is the weakest General ever who disgraced our nation when US did Abbottabad operation right in front of the Army base. He does not have to kill terrorists who are slaughtering people in Quetta (hazaras). It was Musharraf who got kid of these killers of innocent people in Swat.

Jehanzeb Idrees Sep 16, 2013 11:12pm

@sabeeh omer: Where are you originally from mister, since every Pakistani knows that there are no deserts in the north of the country? And what 70% you are talking about? Did you ever take the pain of reading the annual economic survey reports for Pakistan or you only relish on borrowed propaganda? First come clean and then criticise others.

observer Sep 16, 2013 11:28pm

"While it is understandable to give peace a chance through a political process

Seedoo Sep 16, 2013 11:34pm

He is speaking through both sides of his mouth, and making contradictory statements. On one hand, he is not against negotiating with the people he considers to be terrorists, on the other, makes this tough statement against them.

Well, Mr. Kayani, they have already coerced you and the politicians into negotiating with them, and they are killing your own personnel and innocent civilians even as they set their terms for talks.

Sorry, you and your institution is appearing more and more like losers against these ragtag bandits, whom you had nurtured for over 20 years. Talk is cheap, action is what is required, and your army has failed to deliver in KP and Baluchistan, just like it had failed to deliver back in the 1970s. Your institution is only good at fighting unarmed civilians and your gifts to this nation 3 failed wars and Zia-ul-Haq would never be forgotten.

DMDiL Sep 16, 2013 11:46pm

Headline should have said Pakistan won't bow before terrorists terms. This fight is not for just Pakistan Army, it's against all of us.

Khan Sep 16, 2013 11:53pm

General Kayani my heart cries for all the brave men that you have lost in this ugly war(?) or to terrorism. The latest a brave General and his men, who gave up their lives only to have our amateurs like the stupid cricketer telling you not to fight back. Is that what you will tell their families and children? Pray dont stop untill you have as a soldier and a leader completed your mission of ridding the country of these terrorists and their political supporters.

Parvez Sep 17, 2013 12:03am

Big gulf between words and deeds ........not good for credibility.

ib Sep 17, 2013 12:19am

Once indian army chief said to indian PM that army win the fight, in reply the PM said, you (army) only fight but we (political leader) win.

In pakistan decisions are not only taken by political leaders, they are taken by army as well. this parallel decisions taking not good for any country

naghman qureshi Sep 17, 2013 12:29am

please do what you did in negociations or prisoners

Maria K Sep 17, 2013 12:58am

..And here we go again with the army bashing in the comments!!! Unfathomable to me the reasoning behind it.

Malik Sep 17, 2013 01:24am

@aisha: Its very easy to talk and comments while sitting back home.Dont comment till the time u know the facts.

Bilal Sep 17, 2013 01:29am

@aisha: whats the solution? .we are fighting a proxy war and it takes decades to win it... this war is supported and funded from outslde and let there be no doubt that only Army can win it with the support of masses... it cant be won if our masses critisize those who are giving lives for us and our country... we need to support them and stand by them and its not wise to criticize just for the sake of it..

Yasir Sep 17, 2013 01:28am

IK has turned out to be a total disappointment, all he does is defend the Taliban and doesn't even have the guts to hold them responsible for all the death and destruction they have been causing, Nawaz Sharif is just has bad, i can't believe Pakistan has become a nation that has been taken hostage by a bunch of animals that call themselves the Taliban, if our politicians will not take steps to eradicate this menace then us average citizen will have to take the law into our own hands and cleanse this country of these savages and useless politicians, Long Live the Pak Army who are the only ones sacrificing their lives trying to protect us!

Shahpur Sep 17, 2013 01:30am

Looks like General has few more months. He should do what he needs to do. Let the Pakistanis remember you for ever. ignore the politicians. Leave your mark, and leave with your head up. Finish these terrorist, then let the Pakistanis deal with politicians. This is your moment. Just do it.

Salman Sep 17, 2013 01:49am

@Shaikh Mohommd: The uk government broke the back bone of ira 1st then negotiated a peace deal mate do your research 1st before you comment.

Imtiaz Faruqui Sep 17, 2013 01:53am

The Army can not defeat the Talibans ,its simple as that. army can bring Martial law, make Defence Housing societies and give free land to their fellow men and take 70 percent of our budjet , but can not fight the Talibans , you know why , if they could they would have already done so in these past 10 years.

Bilal Sep 17, 2013 01:56am

@sabeeh omer: how many Generals were sacked when Mumbai Attacks or 9/11 or other major terrorist attacks happened? you are speaking the same language which our enemies want us to speak against our Armed forces infact all of the events you highlighted were planned in a way to malign Armed forces alas wise guys like you are unable to read between the lines.. sitting in your room and posting comments is very easy and fighting against own people who are supported by traitors is very difficult... and whenpeople like you make such comments than morale of soldiers go to the abyss ,, i know a soldier who was of the opinion that why to fight and get killed for dirty minded people who always look for short comings in Armed forces and malign them with lies but never appreciates good deeds.. by the way 70 % of defence budget ?? Hello Mr wake up.. Total Budge 2013-14 was of Rs 3420 billion out of which Rs 627 Billion were allocated for complete defence (including Army, Air force and Navy) a simple calculation will tell you what are the real statistics ,, dont make statements which you cant prove to be correct..

Yasir Sep 17, 2013 02:02am

Keyani sb ap zinda hain ap ki statment pher kar khushi howi kay ap zinda hain mein tu samjha tha kay ap is duniya mein nai jb itney bey kouser pakistani mar rhey hotey hain aye din ya salala check post jayse waqiyat hotey hain tb tu ap ko sanp soung jata hai. ab baba ji jb nukri khatam ho ri hai tb buley ho.lolz

Salman Sep 17, 2013 02:00am

@aisha: It is not that simple to fight your own people it is way more complexed. Our army cannot go around and shoot everybody like them coward terrorists. Also America is the super power their naval base got attacked.

Tojo Sep 17, 2013 02:08am

@sal: Because it wants the civilian government to succeed in peaceful negotiation first. If that does not happen it will take action. The problem with people in Pakistan is that if Armed Forces do anything on their own, they are quick to blame the Armed Forces. Likewise if they do not do anything, the same people start to blame the Armed Forces. People need to make up their mind and strengthen the hands of their own forces.

Khan Sep 17, 2013 02:45am

Unfortunately our Jawans have not acheived any results, so far. One has to think if the terrorists are better trained? better equiped? or better motivated in fighting for their cause then our Jawans and their Generals? Please stop blaming the drones and the Americans for your own mistakes and mismanagement of your country.

zafar b Sep 17, 2013 02:49am

Enough of this attempt to strike a peace deal with criminal, lawless thugs ? who are not trustworthy, Let me get this ! There is offer on the table from the Gov to negotiate peace with them and .....they keep killing innocent people ! They have demands that must be met before they sit across the table for peace talks ! Seems to me that there is lack of ability or resolve in bringing them to the table, I mean bringing them to the table, not inviting.

MH Sep 17, 2013 03:39am

The general probably want to start the operation against TTP, but PTI, JUI-F, JI and PML-N do not. Not so long ago Musharraf did an operation in Lal Masjid and today he is facing court for it. I understand the concerns of the Dawn readers, but my friends, you (including me) are nothing but a small minority in Pakistan. The fact is, a big chunk of Pakistan population have sympathies for TTP, including the parties who want to initiate dialogue with TTP.

Faisal Sep 17, 2013 03:45am

Must go after terrorists and kick them out of our country.

Abbas Sep 17, 2013 03:43am

You can't negotiate with terrorists! Period. They only understand the language of weapons. If they demand Sharia law, are you willing to accept? We moderate Pakistani's can't allow that. We don't care what others think, what West or any other power would like. Wipe the Talibans off the face off our beloved country. That's the only way forward.

But then most of the political parties and elements in Army have their own agendas in keeping it the way it is. That's the problem. We need a strong political and army leadership to combine and act together. DO NOT negotiate with terrorists!

bill gates Sep 17, 2013 04:16am

@FJ Siddiqui

All these can be done if Govt. and Army want to. With you or me or nation agree with your plan. It can't be successful if Keyani had his head straight.:

suresh Sep 17, 2013 05:08am

@Agha Ata: perfect analysis Agha - may be perhaps Imran or Sharif can enlighten us, no they wont, because they want to have peaceful night, who cares if common man is dying.

Syed Sep 17, 2013 05:38am

I trust my Army. Army is by Pakistan and Pakistan is by Army. People of Pakistan have given their mandate to the civil government in the last election they have showed total resistance against the evil forces of terrorism who were bent upon to force the election to be called off. But the people of Pakistan stand out and have won the fight through the ballot. The civil government of Pakistan should now respect will of the peoples will and stand against these evil forces like solid rock. Give full mandate to Pak Army to root this enemy of the country once for all. Pakistan Army Zindabad Pakistan Paindabad.

Syed Ahmed Sep 17, 2013 07:43am

The time is running out, you have to act now. Crack down the TTP, including their supporters sitting in the government disregarding Article 6 or any other article.

AJ Sep 17, 2013 08:26am

It has been written and questioned time and again as to the source of funding and supply of modern weaponry to these criminals. These are not disgruntled elements but a collection of thugs who have nothing to do with Islam. I am sorry to say that our conventional army is not trained to counter unconventional insurgency. Its easy to make statements but harder to prove. How many more have to die before the leadership specially our political 'Janbaz' uniformly commit to eradicate this menace once and for all without any excuses or mercy. The other option is surrender of the state, which is being witnessed in some parts of the country, Karachi is an example.

Abul Fazal Mahmud Sep 17, 2013 08:34am

The Army Chief's statement is a beam of light in the darkness of the politicians' cowardice and suicidal compromises. The terrorists have to be met and countered on their own ground. The role being played by Jamat Islami (so called) is vile and shameful and so is that of the juvenile so called politician Imran Khan. Time is that everyone woke up to the treachery that is being played by the self professed holders of the popular mandate.

Abul Fazal Mahmud Sep 17, 2013 08:43am

@Shaikh Mohommd: Wrong. UK as such was not a party in the dispute between Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland, the latter being in majority. The Catholics had to give up when confronted by superior force. UK was quite willing to leave Ulster to the two parties if allowed to. On the other hand Pakistan has to hold on to its territory no matter what. The analogy is flawed in any case. And this refrain of American war etc is nonsense. How many Americans have died in it? None. How many Pakistanis? Around 45000. Some America war!

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Sep 17, 2013 04:06pm

@Gazoo Martian: I agree with bro

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Agha Ata Sep 18, 2013 05:00pm

Either our army is turning into paper tigers or is really afraid of Taliban

sabeeh omer Sep 18, 2013 06:37pm

@ Bilal & Jehanzeb Idrees: Don't be emotional buddies. Accept reality. The matter of fact is time and time again our Armed Forces have failed to protect their very own institutions: The GHQ, Kamla Air Base, PNS Mehran, and Abbotabad which are apparently so well defended and fortified. You still expect them to be able to safeguard your frontiers? I have nothing against the common soldier and low and mid-ranking officers. It is they who have always sacrificed their lives in defending you and me. My blood boils when I hear this rhetoric over and over again by our military top brass that "the Armed Forces are ready to thwart any enemy attack and have broken the back bone of the terrorists." If with a broken back the terrorists are so dangerously lethal well imagine their might with an unbroken back!

NASAH (USA) Sep 18, 2013 09:34pm

After what the Taliban did to the Pakistan army -- withdrawal from from Malakand should be out of question.