ISLAMABAD - Apart from other factors, the US media propaganda that a joint military operation was being planned in North Waziristan is being blamed as the major reason for new wave of terrorism in Pakistan, sources said on Sunday.
Sources were of the view that chief reason for terrorist attack on Kamra Airbase was to target the PAF reconnaissance aircraft in a bid to make it ineffective ahead of the publicised joint US-Pakistan military operation in North Waziristan, which the US blames as epicentre of terrorism.
“As the investigation into terrorist attack on Kamra is still under way, targeting the reconnaissance aircraft was the grand objective of the terrorists who were eventually killed by the security forces,” a senior Defence ministry official told TheNation.
The sources further said that US media propaganda reports were one of the main reasons that evoked terrorists’ reaction, adding these reports proved counter-productive to Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism.
The sources said this was why the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani forcefully rejected the US media reports while talking to Gen James Mattis, commander of Bahrain-based US Central Command, during his meeting on late Thursday.
General Kayani took serious exception to the US media reports saying such efforts always proved counter-productive to Pakistan’s efforts fighting terrorism on Pak-Afghan border.
“Unfounded and baseless US media reports about Pakistan’s efforts fighting terrorism had always damaged its efforts, rather than helping it to surmount the daunting challenge,” a leading Pakistani defence analyst said requesting not to be named.
He was of the opinion that Pakistan should redefine its cooperation with the US on media propaganda, which is not helping either side.
“Such pre-emptive media reports are against the spirit of international war against terrorism and against Pakistan as it suffers in every respect - be it security efforts to counter terrorism or its strategic assets or be it lives and property of innocent citizens.