ISLAMABAD - The political and military leadership of the country once again reiterated that the government would neither compromise on the maintenance of the writ of state nor would it allow the militants and non-state actors to establish their own parallel authority in any part of the country through the use of force.
A high-level meeting was held here on Friday at Awan-i-Sadr to review the security situation in NWFP in the wake of threat posed by the militants in Swat and adjoining areas.
The meeting presided over by President Asif Ali Zardari was attended by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and President Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan.
According to the official spokesman for President House former Senator Farhatullah Babar, the meeting took stock of the situation and reiterated that the government would neither compromise on enforcing writ of the state nor allow the militants and non-state actors to establish their own parallel authority in any part of the country through use of force.
The sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting disclosed to The Nation that the military and political leadership of the country expressed concern over the way militants were expanding their control to adjoining areas of Swat and made it clear that no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the government and if the Nizam-i-Adl Regulation was violated then Government of Pakistan would also be free from its obligation.
It was also the unanimous view of the participants of the meeting that Nizam-i-Adl Regulation was linked to bringing peace to the area by the TNSM and if they failed to meet their part of obligations then Government of Pakistan would also be free from its obligations.
The political and military leadership was of firm view that no non-state actor or any militant group would be allowed to disrupt the public peace and if things were pushed in that direction, the state machinery would move to establish its writ.
The sources said that signing of Nizam-i-Adl Regulation should not be taken as the weakness of the government, which had given dialogue and reconciliation process to precede and in case the TNSM had acted rationally and stepped out of the agreement then they would be left with no choice but to use force and establish the writ of the government in the troubled areas.
Earlier, addressing participants of an operational meeting held at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi, the Army Chief condemned the pronouncements by some outside powers raising their doubts on the future of Pakistan.
A country of 170 million people under a democratic dispensation strongly supported by the Army is capable of handling any crisis, General Kayani said.
The COAS said that the Army was determined to root out the menace of terrorism from the society and fully backed the government in its fight against militancy, adding that victory against militancy would be achieved by all means.
The Army will not allow the militants to dictate terms to the government or impose their way of life on the civil society of Pakistan, General Kayani said.
He said the operation 'pause was meant to give reconciliatory forces a chance and it 'must not be taken as a concession to militants.
Well-placed sources told TheNation that Pakistan Army was fully prepared to launch its operation against Taliban in Swat whenever the government deemed it necessary.
According to the ISPR, the COAS stated that he was aware of the doubts being voiced about the intent as well as the capability of the Army to defeat the militancy in the country.
He made it clear that 'the Pakistan Army never has and never will hesitate to sacrifice, whatever it may take, to ensure safety and well-being of the people of Pakistan and countrys territorial integrity.
The COAS stated that operational pause, meant to give the reconciliatory forces a chance, must not be taken for a concession to the militants.
He declared that Armys rank and file had a resolve to fight and eliminate the militants, who endanger the lives of peaceful citizens of the country and challenge the writ of the state.
He reassured the people of Pakistan that with their support, Army was determined to root out the menace of terrorism from the society.
The COAS praised the rank and file for continuing to fight under challenging and arduous conditions.
Praying for the souls of Shaheeds of Armed Forces, civilian law enforcement agencies and civilians, the COAS assured the bereaved families and the nation that the debt of their sacred blood would be paid back by the Army, and safety of the people and the country ensured at all costs.
Meanwhile, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majeed called on President Asif Ali Zardari here on Friday at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
He apprised the President about his recent meeting with Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He also briefed the President about professional matters and operational preparedness of the armed forces.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 25-Apr-2009 here.