ISLAMABAD Despite brisk military preparations, Pakistan is not likely to launch the planned offensive against terrorist networks of assassinated Taliban Chief Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan till next year, TheNation has reliably learnt. Credible defence sources were of the view that in addition to constrains relating to the climate and the terrain, availability of requisite resources was a major compulsion in deciding about the timeframe for launching the much-publicized offensive. Unlike the military operation conducted in Swat and Malakand, this operation needs to be planned for a longer duration because of altogether different ground realities in South Waziristan, renowned defence analysts Lt.Gen (retd) Talat Masood told TheNation. He commended the military strategy being followed by Pakistani security forces in South Waziristan to isolate and squeeze the supplies of the terrorists ahead of hitting them through Drones strikes or otherwise. Talat Masood did not agree it would be a full-fledged operation involving large-scale ground offensives like the security forces carried out in Swat and Malakand. Some defence experts were of the view that security forces would also need more time for post-offensive search and clearance efforts in South Waziristan because of harsh terrain and active presence of thousands of foreign militants. There is absolutely no chance of launching planned military operation this year or in early next year because of the winter, another analyst said requesting not to be named. Chief military spokesman and Director General ISPR, Major General Athar Abbas when approached by TheNation, refused to give a tentative timeline for launching the offensive, saying it all depends on pulling together of the resources. Since our security forces are already scattered and engaged in different operations, it is obviously difficult to comment on the timing of the operation in South Waziristan, General Athar Abbas maintained. He did not agree that the timeline of the military operation in South Waziristan was actually tied to requisite military supplies from the USA including helicopters as well as night vision devices and surveillance capability Pakistan had sought from the US. He, however, added that any technical cooperation that could help as a Force Multiplying Factor (FMF) always plays crucial role in important military operations. He also ruled out the possibility of seeking cooperation from the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, saying Pakistani security forces were capable enough to effectively tackle such operations largely with the support of the local people. General Athar Abbas also made it clear that the military operation in South Waziristan was dedicated to target terrorist networks of late Taliban Commander Baitullah Mehsud and had nothing to do with any tribe or community.