ISLAMABAD - The interior ministry has rejected a report of a foreign news agency, which reported that Pakistan was mulling to start a full-scale army operation against militants in FATA.
“Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has termed as nonsensical and farcical the contents of a report conjured up by a foreign news agency about the proceedings and contents of the recently held security meeting chaired by the prime minister,” said a press note issued from the office of the federal interior minister on Saturday. The minister added this is not the first time that the news agency has come up with whimsical and distorted reports about civil-military relations.
Clarifying the situation the minister said the meeting was held in a highly congenial and positive atmosphere in which wide-ranging issues pertaining to national security including the situation on national borders was discussed. No decision for a full-scale military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) was taken. Neither was any decision made to call off the dialogue process, nor was any such demand made from either side as reported by the news agency, he added.
The press note quoted Nisar as saying that the current state of airstrikes and limited military action is in continuation of the already taken decision that any act of violence or terrorism against civilian or military targets will meet a calibrated and measured response. The minister also clarified that neither any decision has been taken to hand over the security of Islamabad and other major cities to the army nor is NACTA involved in this whole matter in any manner, as has been reported in a section of press. What is being misconceived and misinterpreted is an effort by the government to strengthen the capacity of police and other civilian law enforcing agencies through the support, input and coordination with the armed forces, he added.
He said this is in no way a recent decision and the whole process is being fine-tuned for quite some time. Since this entire exercise is still under consideration and discussion, it is too early to pass judgments, as a press report has done, as to what form and ultimate formulation this coordination will take.