PM orders all-out war, tells army to eliminate Taliban once and for all
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
By Zulfiqar Ghuman and Irfan Ghauri || http://www.dailytimes.com.pk
ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday announced a full-scale military operation to wipe out the Taliban from the insurgency-hit areas.
In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that after deliberations and discussions with all stakeholders, the government had decided to call in the military for decisive action against the Taliban.
He said his government had tried all options to resolve the issue peacefully and implemented the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation despite pressure, but its efforts were taken as a sign of weakness.
After the peace deal, the Taliban refused to disarm, attacked security forces personnel and checkposts, targeted those who had helped the government restore peace, stopped girls from going to schools and colleges, were disgraceful towards women and made the lives of minorities miserable, the prime minister said.
He said the Taliban challenged the writ of the state and refused to accept the constitution, the parliament and the judiciary.
Gilani said his government would not compromise on national sovereignty or bow before the Taliban. He appealed to the people of Pakistan, the civil society and the media to support the government and the army. Gilani also asked clerics and religious leaders to highlight what he called the true spirit of Islam.
The prime minister announced Rs 1 billion for the rehabilitation of the people displaced by the unrest and promised a job to one member from every family that lost an earning member to terrorism.
He appealed to the international community to help Pakistan in the rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons and enhancing the capacity of its security forces.
Kayani vows decisive victory
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani vowed on Thursday that the Pakistan Army would mobilise all available resources to launch a ‘decisive operation’ to crush the Taliban. “The Pakistan Army will employ requisite resources to ensure a decisive ascendancy over the Taliban,” the ISPR quoted him as saying at the 118th corps commanders’ conference held at the General Headquarters (GHQ). The COAS said the army was ‘fully aware’ of the gravity of the ‘internal threat’. “The army has developed full-scale facilities to focus on low intensity conflict related operations,” he said, adding that the military was fully prepared to meet conventional threats as well. He said the prevailing security situation required that all elements of national power work closely together to fight terrorism and extremism. Sources said the corps commanders’ meeting would continue today, and take up the promotion of brigadiers to the rank of major generals. sajjad malik.
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* Taliban blow up school
MINGORA/RAWALPINDI: The Swat peace agreement crumbled on Monday as Taliban took over Mingora, the district headquarters, taking positions atop government and private buildings and patrolling the deserted streets.
“The city is in complete control of the Taliban, who say they are taking positions to guard the local population,” Mingora residents said. But the Taliban did not elaborate who they were protecting the city against.
Business centres and shops remained closed.
Local residents said both the security forces and the Taliban set up checkposts on roads leading to Mingora and soldiers were seen on high alert in Kabal.
Military authorities had announced curfew in the city from 7pm to 6am and had warned the violators of stern action.
Officer, soldier killed: In Rawalpindi, the Inter-Services Public Relations said the Taliban had killed another soldier and an officer in various incidents of violence.
“The security forces are still exercising restraint to honour the peace agreement,” it said. The army officer was killed when the Taliban attacked a security convoy in Barrikot early on Monday. Two soldiers were injured in the ensuing gunfight.
A soldier was killed when the Taliban raided a checkpost in Shangla. They also demolished a vacant police checkpost in Yakhtangi in Shangla, and burnt three private trucks in Biladram and Chamtalai. Three Taliban were reported killed in a clash with troops in Maidan.
DSP’s house: The Taliban burnt the house of a police deputy superintendent in Kumber, and robbed the house of the Maidan Union Council nazim in Lower Dir. They abducted a number of civilians from Kot Haya Sarai in Maidan. The Taliban also blew up a government high school building in Tandoodhag area. Sources in Shangla said the Taliban had told a jirga they had entered Shangla to stop the security forces from entering Swat and Buner.
Meanwhile, intermediate exams at nine centres in Buner were cancelled, and the Swat DCO told a private TV channel that curfew had been imposed in Swat for an indefinite period. staff report/ daily times monitor