|Govt decides to continue Swat operation|
|Updated at: 1930 PST, Friday, February 13, 2009|
| ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting presided over by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has decided to continue the military operation in Swat for elimination of militancy and restoring writ of the state in the area.
Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik, Foreing Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, DG ISI Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and other officials attended the meeting besides Awami National Party Chief Asfandyar Wali, Governor NWFP Owais Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti.
A detailed briefing about Swat and FATA situation was given during the review meeting and the participants expressed contentment over the ongoing action in these areas for elimination of militancy.
President Zardari in his address to the meeting said there is no other option left to the government except for using force to root out the scourge of terrorism and militancy.
“The militants will not be allowed to impose their agenda by through use of force,” the President said.
At the meeting tributes were paid to the officials and personnel of law enforcing agencies who stood against the militants.
The President described as heroes the officials and personnel who rendered sacrifice of their lives in the operation.