ISLAMABAD - In his first public statement after a gap of a number of days, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday reacting to the statement of former DG ISPR Major General (Retd) Athar Abbas said that ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) should not be made controversial through a statement of a retired military officer.

He also said that military operation should not be affected through such statements and retired military officers should be careful while giving statements at this critical situation.

Former spokesman of Pakistan Army, Major General (Retd) Athar Abbas, had said the other day in an interview with BBC that former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (Retd) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was reluctant to launch a military operation against Taliban in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) even top brass of the military had taken such decision in 2010.

During his informal talk with the journalists, Nisar said, "Senior retired military officers should be careful while giving statements in connection with the current sensitive situation arising out of the military operation in NWA. It is wise for those officers who have been involved in important decisions of the country not to make the things public in the larger interest of the nation and the public," the interior minister said while answering a question.

The minister said that even the uttering of a single word in the presence of vibrant media could create a worst situation. He said that making public the decision of the former or current military leadership at this critical juncture of time being faced by the country could not lead to the solution of the problem but create problems.

He also requested the media that it should restrain itself to choose the statement of a retired military officer for a topic of discussion at TV shows at a time when the country needed unity for the success of the military operation. He also appreciated the sacrifices of armed forces in the war on terror.