ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
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. (Daily Times)
Army told to crush Swat militants
•Militants mistook govt’s sincerity for weakness •Women subjected to discrimination •PML-N, ANP, JUP back operation •Rs1bn allocated for displaced people.
ISLAMABAD, May 7: The government announced on Thursday it had called out the army for a decisive action against militants in Swat and adjoining areas.
In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said nefarious activities of militants had reached a stage where a decisive step against them had become inevitable. “We will not bow down before terrorists and extremists and force them to lay down arms,” he declared.
The prime minister stopped short of scrapping the Swat peace deal, but said sincerity of the government in pursuing reconciliation was misconstrued as weakness. He said there was an understanding that militants would lay down arms after enforcement of the Nizam-i-Adl but it did not happen.
Mr Gilani said the time had come when the nation should unite against the elements which wanted to take Pakistan hostage at gunpoint and were hell-bent on putting the country’s future at stake. “Nobody can be allowed to challenge the writ of the government,” he remarked.
He said the country was facing two big challenges today: national security and economic progress. He said the two were interlinked because economic and industrial progress was not possible without peace and security.
He said the people who cooperated with security forces were victimised and hundreds of thousands were forced to migrate to other areas. He said girls were being stopped from going to schools, public and private properties were occupied and damaged, women subjected to shameless treatment and to add insult to injury, all these steps were taken in the name of Islam. He said the army had been called out to eliminate terrorists and protect the life and property of people in Swat.
He said an amount of Rs1 billion had been allocated for rehabilitation of displaced persons. One member of every family which had lost a breadwinner would be given a job. He appealed to all politicians to support efforts of the government. He urged ulema to highlight the true face of Islam which has no room for suicide attacks and oppression.
The prime minister also urged the international community to help Pakistan in rehabilitating displaced persons and for enhancing the capacity of its security forces to fight terror.
REACTION: The Pakistan Muslim League-N announced support for the military action. A PML-N spokesman, Siddiqul Farooq, said as militants had challenged the writ of the state, it was important to take action against them. He said the PML-N would like the government to immediately call an all-party conference to evolve consensus.
The ANP also supported the announcement. “It seems the man (Sufi Mohammad) we had entrusted with the task of getting the peace deal implemented had become hostage to the will of extremists,” ANP’s senior vice-president Haji Adeel said. He said the NWFP government was taken into confidence before the prime minister announced the action.
Former amir of the Jamaat-i-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, opposed the move, but several religious scholars, including Mufti Muneebur Rehman and Sahibzada Fazal Karim of JUP, welcomed it. (Daily Dawn)