ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani expressing their satisfaction over the 3rd round of Pak-US strategic dialogue have said that Pakistan would itself decide on Army offensive in North Waziristan by keeping in view the ground realities and would not accept any pressure in this regard.
The affirmation to this affect was made in a high level meeting presided by President Asif Ali Zardari in which matters related to security of the situation of the country and Army offensive in North Wazirastan was discussed.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaque Pervez Kiani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Querashi attended the meeting. According to presidential spokesman during the meeting the outcome of 3rd round of Pak-US strategic dialogue, which were held in Washington from 20th-22 Oct was reviewed and regional situation was discussed in length.
Official’s sources told local news agency that foreign minister and COAS told President and Prime Minister that important headway was made in the strategic dialogue and Pakistan succeeded in getting more US aid in defense, social and economic sector.
President and Prime Minister expressed their satisfaction over out come of strategic dialogue and vowed that Pakistan would promote durable and long lasting relations with US while keeping its sovereignty honor and respect.
President and Prime Minister said that Pakistan is fighting against terrorism and extremism to the best of its capabilities and decision on operation in Wazirastan would be made by ourselves by taking into account the ground realities and would not accept any pressure in this regard.
Sources told that COAS told participants that in North Waziristan more than 70000 security forces are present who conduct targeted operation against the terrorists however due to US drone attacks hatred and anger is spreading in tribal areas.
In the meeting the situation in Afghanistan with particular reference to dialogue process of the Afghan government with Taliban was discussed.