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Director General ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa. -File Photo
Director General ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa on Monday said that due to Operation Zarb-i-Azb , the Taliban capacity to carry out terrorist attacks have been neutralised.

During an interview with the BBC, the DG ISPR said, “because the terrorists have been scattered they are only able to carry out random attacks”.

He said that the second-level leadership of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban have been either killed or arrested during the operation.

When asked a question regarding the political situation in Pakistan, Bajwa said that the Army was not involved in politics nor was it supporting a particular faction during the current crisis.

“We have held the view from the start that this was a political problem and that it should be resolved through the political process,” said the DG ISPR.

“The Army cannot support a particular faction because the institution represents the entire country…The Army has not supported any faction in the past nor will it do so in future,” Bajwa said.

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Ali Sep 15, 2014 09:35pm

Well done Pakistan Army.

Faith Sep 15, 2014 09:37pm

BRAVO we really love you from bottom our hearts PAK ARMY ZINDABAD

Sophia Sep 15, 2014 09:41pm

If the recent naval dockyard attack was only an example of Taliban 'random' capability, then we must really worry.

Sam Watkin Sep 15, 2014 10:01pm

We all know what happens next whenever our officials give such statements.

Aurang Sep 15, 2014 10:12pm

Where is the evidence?

hamid ali tabatabai Sep 15, 2014 10:15pm

So are you telling me that we did that all without muzakarat. I guess Imran Khan was wrong on this one.

Yasir Khan Sep 15, 2014 11:09pm

Finally some good news. Instead of sitting around and complaining, Pakistanis have done what needed to be done.

Keep pounding them if they don't stop. Also, hold them accountable for killing thousands of Pakistanis.

Nisar Ahmad Sep 15, 2014 11:15pm

The comment army not supporting particular faction needs clarification. Army is part of Govt and when there is rebellion army has to support Govt for national security. Every night we hear sermons to break legs of policemen,PM will be dragged out of PM house,Police officers are threatened by name,and PTI chief to hang them,attack on parliament ,PM house andPTV. Attacking police stations and freeing prisoners. Violating every law and asking for civil disobedience and not to pay taxes. National army to preserve national stability for peace and progress and assist civil administration as per constitution.

Iqbal Bhai Sep 15, 2014 11:24pm

@Sophia : If you remember 100 deaths in one bombing about a year ago with a repeat telecast almost about daily, this looks quite an achievement.

majid sheikh Sep 15, 2014 11:35pm

is it not too early to say such a thing???

Syed (Australia) Sep 16, 2014 12:14am

Pakistan Zindabad, Pak Army Paindabad. They have fullfilled my long standing desire of rooting out this menace of terrorism from our Pakland. Well done Pakistan armed forces. We all salute you. Allah keeps you united and strong against all evils.

Iftikhar Ali Sep 16, 2014 12:29am

@hamid ali tabatabai

Imran Khan always maintained that talk shall be held first with these militants so as to distinguish between good and bad and also to prepare the ground for possible offensive. Going through the touch process of negotiation and terrorist attacks during them, have convinced the reluctant majority that the so called TTPs are not sincere. Pak army foot soldier and the common public was convinced that they are fighting a just war and I believe that is one of main reason that operation zarbe-azb has been such a success.

Kaspar Sep 16, 2014 12:49am

Had NS and other 'democratic' politicians in the parliament not wasted almost a whole year in so-called talks with the militnts, even more would have been achieved by now. However, our support goes to the brave soldiers who are taking on these barbarians.

M. Siddique Sep 16, 2014 01:25am

How about the first level leadership of TTP?

as Sep 16, 2014 01:44am

@Nisar Ahmad Be patient man..don't go all gun Hu about army. Do you want it be used like police......leave some institute with some professionalism. ...

independentthinker Sep 16, 2014 02:58am

As much as I am pleased to note that the Talibans have been neutralized, what I fail to understand is why did it take so long? Why so many innocent lives had to be sacrificed before the army took any action? What motive did our leaders have to delay taking any action, when we have the manpower and the firepower to destroy them or at least to degrade them? I hope our military and our leaders will not wrap up their efforts and continue with their mission, even in other parts of Pakistan to "complete the job"!

Humble opinion Sep 16, 2014 03:32am

Dangerous statement to make. And how to define terror attack and random attack? A group of 10 can also cause havoc and a terror attack.

Harmony Sep 16, 2014 03:33am

@Aurang - What evidence? Go and see the dead bodies if you dare instead of sitting here and being sceptical.

roshan zameer Sep 16, 2014 03:37am

Who attacked the docks ?

Pakistani Sep 16, 2014 03:53am

Bravo Pakistan Army! We love you and you know that. But please stay out of politics. Give democracy and Pakistan a chance. Please.

Best regards,


hakan Sep 16, 2014 03:56am

Increase donations to Army

Seedoo Sep 16, 2014 04:35am

"....... they are only able to carry out random attacks" What else is a terror group supposed to do, carry out attacks that are predictable by the security forces????????

Whistle Sep 16, 2014 05:17am

Then why they didn't do this long back? Could have avoid the killing of thousands!

Whistle Sep 16, 2014 05:18am

@Syed (Australia) Day dreamer from Australia!

M Sep 16, 2014 05:31am

@Nisar Ahmad - don't forget, nawaz and shahbaz also did sit in in front of the parliament. they also said they'll drag the president zardari on the road by his face..they also said they will rip open zardari's stomach to get the money from him....

PML-N was is now in power so why get so angry when the boot is on the other foot???

Freeman Sep 16, 2014 06:49am

"The Army has not supported any faction in the past nor will it do so in future" Well, I can't dare to challenge ISPR

rehan Sep 16, 2014 08:23am those armchair commentators ....everyone is such an expert on Defense related matters here !

Jawad U Rahman Sep 16, 2014 08:51am

Those 50,000 innocent Pakistanis who perished at the hands of these butchers ask- what took you so long? Why didn't you do this operation 10 years ago?