WASHINGTON: Pakistan has ruled out any discrimination in its ongoing operation against militants in North Waziristan with a military spokesman stressing that the Afghan Haqqani network having a sanctuary on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border is a thing of the past.
“We’re against terrorists, we didn’t care about their human color. This include all nationalities and all groups,” Major General Asim Bajwa said.
In interviews with Voice of America’s Urdu and Pashto services, Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa said the Zarb-e-Azb offensive has eliminated hundreds of terrorists and the Pakistani forces are now engaged in clearing peripheral areas of the tribal territory as well. “The Haqqani network is history now. This is a thing of the past.”
When asked about safe havens of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders including Mullah Fazalullah in Afghanistan, Bajwa said Pakistani and Afghan leaders regularly discuss these issues. He said Pakistan shared the information with Kabul about the TTP militant leaders operating from the Afghan soil in the past but no action was taken.
The issue over TTP sanctuaries on the Afghan soil may also feature in wide ranging security talks between American military leaders and General Raheel Sharif who is the first Pakistani army chief to visit the United States since 2010.
Gen Asim Bajwa told the broadcast service that no timeline has been set for conclusion of the military operation in Waziristan that started in June this year and is progressing as planned.
According to the DG ISPR more than 1200 militants have been killed and Pakistani forces have suffered around 200 casualties combined from actions in North Waziristan and other parts of the tribal areas.