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Govt warned against US operation in Fata

May 06, 2002

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KOHAT, May 5: Javed Ibraheem Paracha, former PML MNA and leader of Muttahida Majlis-i-Ammal, has asked the army to play its constitutional  role of safeguarding the  geographical  and ideological boundaries of the state and stop the US forces from launching an operation against Al Qaeda and Taliban in the Waziristan Agency.

In a press release issued here on Sunday he warned that the US-Zionist lobby under a well-hatched conspiracy wanted to create a rift between the government and the tribesmen by instigating them through such acts for finding an excuse to establish a permanent base here.

He said that the situation was becoming very sensitive as the tribesmen had warned against any operation on their soil and retaliate with force and this could result in a bloody civil war.

He supported his argument by saying that the tribesmen possessed sophisticated and heavy weapons and had never compromised over their sovereignty which was evident from the history so there was a fear of preemptive strike from their side which could spark a large scale war.

He revealed that after their failure to arrest even a single Taliban or Al Qaeda member from the seminaries in the Waziristan Agency the US and the Pakistani forces were again acting on a false intelligence reports which was not fair.

He said that he had confirmed information that US forces were present on the border and preparing to enter Pakistan following green signal from the government adding that if this happened the consequences would be disastrous for the country’s future.

He said that already the CIA had established small bases in every major city of the country and feeding wrong information to its government to achieve its interests in the region.

He disclosed that these men assisted by their local agents visit the tribal areas and use huge amounts of money to record false statements from anti-state groups.

He further warned that such acts would tarnish the image of the Pakistan army in the eyes of the countrymen as well as in the Arab world where it was held in high esteem.