INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT

June 17, 2014

Commentary 3. Waziristan Operations

Filed under: Uncategorized — sharafs @ 4:29 pm

Militants in NWA are melting away without much resistance. LEAs destroyed an IED manufacturing facility. Over 25 militants were killed. Cooperation of locals is proving useful. Operations are progressing rapidly with minimum collateral damage.

The PTI led KPK government has been prompt in management of IDP camps in Bannu.  Name a facility and it is there. More details will be communicated tomorrow.

As feared in yesterday’s hand-out, the worst happened today. Punjab police perpetuated a rain of bullets outside the premises of a University run by a political rival killing 8 including two women and wounding over 80. A police tout and member of PMLN was seen damaging vehicles under police patronage. It appears that some elements in PMLN government decided to exploit the situation for political mileage. It has misfired and is a blow to creating synergy in anti-terrorism operations. Opposition parties are weary of the intentions of the government. It is rumoured that the next phase of this mayhem could be launched in vicinity of Faisal Town Police station.

Within 24 hours of sanctioning the Waziristan Operation, the Prime Minister is in Dushanbe. COAS General Raheel Sharif in contrast has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka.

Just to remind, the notorious Indian air force base called Ayni is also in this city. India spent over 170 million dollars in rebuilding it. India regularly flies high altitude surveillance missions on Pak-Afghan border and allegedly provides real time intelligence to TTP groups handled by Afghan National Intelligence and Army. Dushanbe is also the weekend resort of Abdullah Abdullah who coordinates infiltration of central Asian militants into Pakistan. 

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