RAWALPINDI: The army is determined to root out the menace of terrorism from society and fully backs the government in its fight against militancy, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Friday.
Speaking at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, he said victory against militancy will be achieved by all means.
The army ‘will not allow the militants to dictate terms to the government or impose their way of life on the civil society of Pakistan,’ Kayani said.
General Kayani said the operation ‘pause’ was meant to give reconciliatory forces a chance and it ‘must’ not be taken as a concession to militants.
He said the ‘pronouncement by outside powers raising doubts on future of Pakistan’ is condemnable, and that a country of 170 million people under a democratic dispensation strongly supported by the army is capable of handling any crisis.
Separately, military sources confirmed that an operation against militants in Swat is imminent.
From Dawn Newspaper
April 24, 2009