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No more military operations: Kayani

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s military on Thursday hinted that it had no plans
to launch a military operation in an obvious reference that the much-
debated North Waziristan operation was not on the cards.
During
his brief interaction with the journalists, Army Chief General Ashfaq
Pervez Kayani almost stopped short of ‘warning’ Afghanistan that any
future aggression from the Afghan side would be paid in the same coin.
“We have made adequate arrangements to avert incursions from Afghan side
into Pakistani areas.”
Kayani spoke after a
ceremony held in connection with Saudi-Pak joint military exercise
Samsaam IV at Mangla Cantonment, a few kilometres from Jehlum, one of
Pakistan’s largest cantonment areas. Saudi Military Chief General Khalid
bin Bander accompanied General Kayani.
“Military
operation is not a solution to every problem. We’re done with those
operations where we had to. Now it’s the duty of civilian government to
establish its writ and run the affairs,” Kayani said. His comments are
largely seen in context with the Pak-US row that had spurred to a wider
degree of hostility, lately, against the US demand to Pakistan for
taking on terrorist sanctuaries, particularly the Haqqani Network, in
NWA. “Military cannot permanently stay at any given area. The civilian
government has to take the charge, after all,” he said.
Following
the attacks on the NATO headquarters and US Embassy in Kabul, the US
former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Admiral Mike Mullen had
accused Haqqani Network of planting these attacks saying Haqqanis were
“veritable arm of ISI.” The Pak-US hostility mounted to culmination
after Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, was
killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and
intelligence officials claim having concrete evidences on Pakistan’s
premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) involvement in
Rabbani’s killing.
Afghanistan on Tuesday had accused Pakistan of not cooperating on Rabbani’s murder.
“Today
we received a message from the embassy of Pakistan saying that since
this issue has arisen in media, we cannot cooperate and we apologise for
that,” Mohammad Yasin Zia, Afghanistan’s Deputy Head of the National
Directorate of Security had told AFP. Pakistan rejected these charges as
‘unfounded and incorrect’
Speaking with
this scribe from Kabul, Zia alleged again on Thursday that Pakistan was
“very non-operative on hunting down Rabbani killers.” Despite Pakistan’s
Foreign Office denied his previous allegation, Yasin Zia said Afghan
authorities were yet to hear from ISI. “The problem with Pakistan is
that its FO is devoid of any practical role in policy making and it’s
the GHQ (General Headquarters) that makes policies at all the levels,”
he said. When asked to comment on more or less similar scenario in
Afghanistan where policy formulation rested with the Pentagon and Karzai
administration, according to many, was ineffective or ceremonial, an
irritated Zia said, “It’s a different thing, don’t drag me into it.”
Pakistan’s
implied ‘warnings’ to Afghanistan are deciphered as being in sequel to
this latest spate of tension. In a meeting with the US Central Command
chief General James Mattis, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had reportedly
demanded of the US and NATO to get cross-border incursions stopped from
Afghan side.
Pakistan Army says that
Haqqani Network is based in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces,
the areas that oversaw repeated attacks in Pakistan’s Chitral and Upper
Dir from Afghan militants. The international community and the US do not
buy this argument alleging that Haqqanis have safe havens in NWA. The
other day, Pakistan’s former diplomat hailing from Waziristan Ambassador
Rustam Shah Mohmand had told this paper, if Haqqanis were based in NWA,
the US should have attacked them with drone-hits “instead of puling
Pakistan’s leg”
Particularly intriguing was
the way General Kayani spoke high about Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
“Saudi Arabia has a very important role in Afghanistan,” he said
referring to the oil rich country’s influence in this region. In
another meaningful signal seemingly relayed to Washington, he also
mentioned of China saying that next military exercises would be
Sino-Pak.
In the backdrop of the US
mounting pressure on Pakistan to take on Haqqani Network, Pakistan’s
military failed to adopt any vivid policy line. An official statement
from military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had
termed Admiral Mullen’s statement as ‘very unfortunate’.
The
Director General ISI Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha had recently
held secretive meetings with top Saudi intelligence officials and
government functionaries to seek Saudi Arabia’s ‘intervention’ for
diffusing tension between the two ‘allies’.

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