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Decision at top brass meeting: War on terror will go on, says military

Published Mar 20, 2013 06:38am


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Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wayne presides over the Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee Meeting (JCSC) held at Join Staff Headquarter in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. — Photo by PPI

ISLAMABAD: The top military brass resolved on Tuesday to continue the fight against terrorism.

The meeting, chaired by Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne, was attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik, Chief of General Staff, Director General Joint Staff, Director General of Inter Services Intelligence, Director General of Strategic Plans Division and other senior military officers from the three services.

“It was reiterated in unequivocal terms that comprehensive strategy will be followed by armed forces to combat terrorist threat being faced by the country,” a military spokesman said after a quarterly meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, which is the principal military advisory body.

The policy statement on continuing the fight against terrorism came a day after the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan withdrew its peace talks offer on the pretext of what it (TTP) called the “non-serious attitude of security forces and the government”.

This was probably the first official response from the military since the TTP offered talks in December last year.

The offer for talks was renewed by the TTP on Feb 3 and it named PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Munawar Hassan as guarantors they would like to have in any peace deal with the government.Two multi-party conferences — one hosted by the Awami National Party and the other by JUI-F — had endorsed a peace process with Taliban except for that the communiqué issued by the conference organised by the ANP called for dialogue within the confines of the Constitution, while the JUI-F meeting wanted unconditional talks.

The PPP government tried in February to convene a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, the highest forum for civil-military coordination on national security, but it could not take place due to unavailability of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

A military official explained that by pursuing a comprehensive strategy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee meant to say that all elements of national power would be utilised to combat and root out terrorism from the country.

The military had been keeping an ambivalent position on the TTP’s dialogue offer.

The army, which traditionally keeps itself in lead role in decisions relating to security, had on the issue of dialogue with the Taliban put the ball in the court of the civilian government for a decision.

It was apparently because the military was always sceptical about the TTP’s offer.

The TTP and other militant groups continued to carry out attacks despite their offer for peace. The latest attack was outside a judicial complex in Peshawar which left four people dead.

The rising tide of extremism and sectarian violence has made the situation further complex.

Gen Wynne praised sacrifices rendered by armed forces for the sake of national security and expressed satisfaction at the state of preparedness of armed forces to take on the challenge.

The meeting also discussed and reiterated support of the armed forces to Election Commission of Pakistan in the forthcoming elections.


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Pakistani Mar 20, 2013 02:39am
In short - more mess to follow
ali Mar 20, 2013 02:56am
So when are we going to start fighting these terrorists? Half hearted attempts wont do and would only prolong and add to our death toll.
ram Mar 20, 2013 03:18am
what about terror for whom ECP is working day & night!
Robert Masi Mar 20, 2013 03:58am
Real leaders of Pakistan.
Zain M Mar 20, 2013 04:52am
It is a very good step to re-affirm the Armed Forces determination to fight terrorism and a clear message to the apologists and supporters of the terrorists who have killed 30,000 plus Pakistanis of our security forces and civilians. The terrorists have done incalculable harm to the economy, social and religious fabric and damaged our international image and credibility. We must fight them if we want to be respected by our people, friends and foes.
Muhib Mar 20, 2013 05:44am
Ofcourse they are getting paid by america for this war....
M Hashim Mar 20, 2013 06:15am
Noam Chomsky said that America had bought the elite class in Pakistan. And the elite class is none other than the ruling class. Almost every politician in Pakistan is for sale. Wickedness will continue...until the crop of injustice is ready to be cut...... Wake up O you poor people of Pakistan!.... Cut those wicked chains and tyrants like the French common men did in their revolution....... only then can you have peace and prosperity.....
Mustafa Mar 20, 2013 06:22am
May Allah Bless and Help the military leaders and the entire military who are determined to wipe out and root out militancy and terrorism in Pakistan.
Ahmed Shah Mar 20, 2013 06:24am
Military is also a coward and cannot fight terrorists like Taliban etc, Blackwater and others, because military enjoys financial and other benefits from the uncle Sam, and the West that sells arms ammunition to military. Did u know Pakistan is the 3rd largest buyer in the world, of arms, according to a Swedish report. With such a mass weapons of mass destruction, our army cannot give us daily protection when we go to work or school. Shame on all of you who proclaim to be the guardian of land. Shame.
M Hashim Mar 20, 2013 06:25am
Noam Chomsky said that America had bought the elite class in Pakistan. And the elite class is none other than the ruling class. Almost every politician in Pakistan is for sale. Wickedness will continue...until the crop of injustice is ready to be cut...... Wake up O you poor people of Pakistan!.... Cut those wicked people like the French common men did in their revolution....... only then can you have peace and prosperity.....
sfomann Mar 20, 2013 07:11am
If we are to progress as a nation, we need to learn one basic rule. No negotiations with the terrorists. Shoot first talk later.
Raoul Ciao Mar 20, 2013 07:44am
the questio is this - while the top brass are committed to root out terror, can their foot soldiers, indoctrinated and infiltrated by TTP, Jamaat etc, be able to carry on and fight really? I hope the morale is really up, else, if there are desertions due to religious reasons and fraternal reasons by soldiers , it will cause a major drying up of the morale to fight. The army needs to clean itself up, fast , of vestiges of the Islamisation drive of the defence force under Zia or the future may mean a civil war where the extremists may get an upper hand.
Imran Mar 20, 2013 07:51am
Very correct decision by the Military. Terrorists need to be crushed ruthlessly. Better late than never.
Hamza Mar 20, 2013 07:58am
Shukar hai Allah ka , good decison. Protect us from these monsters please please please I beg you
Janjuah Mar 20, 2013 08:04am
one down rating must have been registered by our neigbouring fellow.... this is our bad luck Mr Mustafa... We pray for Pakistan ..Inshallah we will win against such powers and give more chances to our neigbours to
Truth Hurts Mar 20, 2013 08:18am
Military is NOT the solution when it comes to muslims dealing with muslims....or per say muslims dealing with prospect muslim criminals or labelled criminals.
karim Mar 20, 2013 01:29pm
I doubt you have any clue about anything.
karim Mar 20, 2013 01:29pm
Looks like military has learned its lesson and wasn't fooled by terrorists with their latest bogus talks and negotiations offer. Same cannot be said of Pakistani politicians.
Ashfaq Khan Mar 20, 2013 01:42pm
What is this Muslim business my Friend? Is it OK to get blown by a Muslim than a non Muslim? Why drag Islam in everything which is a pure common sense?
hyderphd74 Mar 20, 2013 04:00pm
You are wrong, Sir. He has all the clues about Muslims, though no clue about any thing else. Wish he had clues about other subjects instead of Muslims, which also is subject to scrutiny because he believes in "Muslims can do no wrong". The fact is that Muslims can do no right!!! They prove that day and night.
kam Mar 20, 2013 08:59pm
Nonsense comment. Obtain some education, then comment.
Marcus Khaleeq Mar 21, 2013 02:34pm
War on terror must go on. The evil rogue element killing in the name of religion must be eliminated. They are the real culprit and satanic, the party that declares by all means available bring an end to the bloodshed, suicide bombing, slaughter of the innocent and relentless killings of men, women and children should be elected. Do not elect the cowards. We don
aftabwilson Mar 21, 2013 06:52pm
This is good news. Time is ripe to take real time action against the terrorists and make sure that elections are conducted in a fair and free manner without any local or foreign interference. Close watch is also necessary on some media houses and persons who are also playing dubious role in their reporting..
Mustafa Mar 21, 2013 08:19pm
Absolutely right.