Army has the nod to launch offensive in NWA: PM

Peshawar : Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday has said that Pakistan army has been given the nod to launch an offensive in North Waziristan but the decision to when and where to launch the operation lies with the army.

Talking to media here he said that there is no pressure on us regarding launching an offensive in NWA the govt had given permission to launch the offensive before hand. The army first launched offensive in Malakand and South Waziristan. He said public apprehensions on RGST would be removed.

In response to a question he said that Wikileaks reports are unauthentic.

Earlier addressing the PPP workers at its 44th founding day at Peshawar on Tuesday PM again made it clear that PPP is not a mere political party only but it is a name of ideology, movement and mission adding sacrifices made by our leaders are invaluable for the sake of the national interest of the country.

Killers of Benazir Bhutto would be penalized and will be given rigorous punishment tooth and nail; Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said.

PM went on to say that “Terrorism is Pakistan’s biggest problem; Shaheed Benazir Bhutto wanted to eradicate this menace from the country and we are rendering sacrifices to realize this dream”.

“BB gave her life for Pakistan”, he maintained.

PM said that Pakistan’s economy is being badly affected for the investors are trickling down due to terrorism.

He hailed the role of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in war against terror. Gilani said that the government is making strenuous efforts for the well-being of the people.

He was of the view that provincial government must immediately restore all sacked employees.

PPP manifesto is Roti, Kapra and Makaan and want to ensure that institutions and departments are strengthened, PM stressed.

Parliament is the supreme authority adding government respect its verdict thick and thin as we are living in a democratic country, PM said.

Regarding Sugar and Atta Crises, PM said that poor masses would be provided with both items on durable prices while hoarders will not be allowed to play with price lists at any cost.

He further added that PPP believes in politics of reconciliation rather than politics of vengeance.

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