Pakistan Army Chief: No Joint Operations Against North Waziristan

Pakistan Army Chief: No Joint Operations Against North Waziristan | Says offensive may come at time of military’s choosing

US claims that Pakistan is planning to launch an invasion of North Waziristan Agency soon appear to be inaccurate, and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Parvez Kayani denied reports that there was an agreement in place to allow the US to “cooperate” in such an attack.

Kayani insisted that any “joint operation” with any foreign troops in the tribal areas were “unacceptable” and that no such deal had ever been discussed, let alone accepted. He said “joint operations” inside Pakistan had always been a “red line” for the military and would remain so.

Gen. Kayani didn’t deny that a military offensive might happen at some point, but insisted that it would be “in the timeframe of its own choosing,” reiterating a position taken by Pakistan for the past several years over the offensive.

The US has been demanding a Pakistani invasion of North Waziristan for years, but after similar US mandated offensives elsewhere in the tribal areas fell flat they have been reluctant to start a costly new operation using the same failed strategy.

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  • Tom Mauel

    The U.S. wants to escalate the Afghan ground war into Pakistan? Hopefully Pakistan will prevent such a dangerous escalation.

  • '…they have been reluctant to start a costly new operation using the same failed strategy."

    But Jason, that is what they have been doing ever since Vietnam!

    America thinks it can make history when all it does is to repeat the same mistakes over and over.

    Exceptional nation? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

    It will be the death of us all.

  • shyam

    Pak army keeps takeing the money" to fight the Taliban or whoever" but neither has the will nor the stomuch.
    As usual Pakistanis are upto to their usual game of double dealing hoping to get as much money from US as possible without keeping their end of the bargain.

    • Philippe

      "A "bargain" to the inhabitants of that part of the world means something entirely different in all matters, and always will – the source of our constant "errors". Just another reason not to be there.