ISLAMABAD - The military commanders on Tuesday met at the General Headquarters (GHQ) to discuss options in the wake of resurgence of terrorist activities in the north western region coupled with fresh threats issued by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
According to security officials, senior army officers up to the ranks of lieutenant generals and major generals assigned with field responsibilities in line with their respective duties showed up for the 69th Formation Commanders Conference chaired by the Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
All the nine corps commanders, commanders of army field commands, commanders of field formations at division level and general officers commanding (GOCs) attended the moot, the officials said. The two-day conference is to conclude today (Wednesday).
Despite been figured high in the National Assembly’s session, the Lower House could not reach a consensus to adopt unanimous resolution in favour of launching the NWA offensive.
The treasury benches could not move the resolution following strong opposition from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators against the launch of NWA operation. The NA session was prorogued to dim an immediate possibility of the launch due to political divide over the issue.
Calls for going all-out tough on extremist in the North Waziristan echoed loud since the Taliban attack on Malala Yousufzai the last week.
The aspiring teenager has since been battling for her life. A dreaded spate of serious threats against media and Malala’s family comes afresh, paired with the deadly attacks against security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
“We wanted to develop consensus in the Parliament for the launch of NWA operation the way we did before Swat operation. It is highly unfortunate that PML-N played it so negative to sabotage our efforts,” Member National Assembly from Pakistan People’s Party Mehreen Anwar Raja said.
“The TTP is a terrorist outfit. The entire nation wants to get rid of these terrorists. They need to be wiped out. We have to keep our parochial political interests aside for a national cause as developing consensus on NWA offensive,” she said.