Daily Archives: May 8, 2009

Pakistani military intensifies its offensive

By Keith Jones

Amid reports of a mounting, war-induced humanitarian crisis, Pakistan’s armed forces intensified their offensive against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in Swat and two adjacent districts in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) Thursday. The country’s political and military leaders, meanwhile, made a series of statements vowing that the offensive will continue until the state’s supremacy has been bloodily reasserted throughout the Pashtun-speaking province.

In a televised address to the nation late Thursday evening, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the government would “eliminate the militants and terrorists.” Earlier in the day, army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani told a meeting of corps commanders that the “present security situation requires that all elements of national power should work in close harmony to fight the menace of terrorism and extremism.” The army, Kiyani continued, will “employ requisite resources to ensure a decisive ascendancy over the militants.” Continue reading

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