Military offensive in NWFP’s Dir is a result of sustained US pressure: TimesApril 27th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.27 (ANI): Pakistan Army’s offensive against the militants in the Lower Dir region of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) is certainly a result of the continuous pressure from the United States, a times online article said.
In the recent past the United States has been expressing concern over the expanding writ of the Taliban in Pakistan, and when reports about the insurgents laying siege of Buner, only 60 miles away from the federal capital poured in, the Obama Administration pressed the panic button immediately.
Several top US officials warned Pakistan to take against the insurgents or else America would be compelled to do so.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton even accused the Government of Pakistan of “abdicating” to the Taliban and other extremist groups by ceding large tracts of territory.
Clinton said that the country’s instability was a “mortal threat” to world peace.
So, finally the weak civilian Government of Pakistan has responded responded because it knows that it would face a public outcry, and possibly mass unrest, if the US troops lands on Pakistan territory to take military action in Swat.
The report questions the intentions of the Pakistan’s Government over whether it would continue its offensive against the militants or would call it off after a few skirmishes here and there.
As far as the history of the country suggests, it would just do enough to keep US out from entering inside its geographical territory, but would not let the army to get involved in an unpopular civil confrontation, the report concluded. (ANI)
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