Tuesday, March 29, 2011
US Is To Demand Military Operation In North Waziristan Strictly
The United States is considering various options including typical hardcore solutions based on its carrot and stick policy in repairing strained relations with Pakistan by demanding military operation in North Waziristan Agency without any further delay.
Well-placed diplomatic sources told Sunday that Washington had been weighing various options in response to Islamabad’s March 17 strong protest with the United States over its inhuman drone hit on a peace congregation in North Waziristan Agency.
The US drone attack on a peace congregation, which killed at least 39 innocent people, had drawn a strong and rare condemnation both from civilian and military leadership of Pakistan which led to serious friction in relations between the two countries.
The sources said that there had been zero communication between the State Department and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan since March 17 when the Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter and lodged a strong protest over the drone strike. Ambassador Munter on this occasion pledged to leave for Washington on March 19 to hand over Pakistan’s press note but failed, and instead revisited the Foreign Office on March 25 to invite Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir for a visit to the United States.
Pakistan had boycotted to participate in a trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States in Brussels on March 26 as a mark of protest ostensibly with the view that Washington would tender an apology but so far it has not happened since 17 March.
However, in the meantime the United Sates instead of any response kept Islamabad isolated instead and has been weighing various options with major focus on pressuring Pakistan to launch a meaningful military operation in North Waziristan, a region blamed as hub of terrorists. “That day is not far away when Washington using threatening tones would call for a ruthless military operation against the alleged terrorist hideouts in the North Waziristan. The US policymakers have already approved this as one of the options in case Pakistan doesn’t budge from its stand,” the sources said. Pakistan has been resisting US pressure seeking a meaningful military operation in North Waziristan with this plea that its military leadership would decide about it when deemed necessary.