Yesterday Pakistan’s Daily Times issued this report refuting a Wall Street Journal article that claimed the US and Pakistan were planning a joint military offensive against the Haqqani Network:
A military official on Tuesday rejected a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report about a Pakistan-US agreement for a joint operation in North Waziristan.
Coordinated actions on respective sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, being part of routine, should not be mistaken for “joint operations”, the official said.
He further stated that targeted action in operation “Tight Screw” by Pakistan Army against terrorists in the North Waziristan was an ongoing process. This was being undertaken for some months now to squeeze terrorists and there was no new operation as claimed in the report, he added.
When, where and how to carry out operations within our territory is up to Pakistan alone to decide, the official concluded.
Yes, you read that correctly, the Pakistani operation “Tight Screw” is already putting the “squeeze” on the Haqqani Network and other terror groups in North Waziristan, and no US assistance is needed. So we can just relax and assume they are getting the job done, right?
Just five days ago, I wrote about the years of farcical pronouncements by Pakistani officials claiming their military has operations “underway” against terror groups in North Waziristan, and the senior US military officials who blindly pushed Pakistani propaganda about these phantom operations in press conferences. You can read about that here.
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