‘Future military operations to be undertaken with political consensus’: Pak Army

Islamabad, June 10(ANI): The Pakistan Army has said that it is "under no pressure to carry out operations at a particular time," and that future military offensives in the country would be undertaken only "with political consensus".

The 139th Corps Commanders Conference, with Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in the chair, took stock of the situation arising out of the May 2 unilateral military raid by US troops on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, the ensuing backlash and the proclaimed pressure to carry out an offensive in militant-infested North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

"COAS informed the participants that the Army was following a well thought out campaign plan and is under no pressure to carry out operations at a particular time. Future operations, as and when undertaken, will be with political consensus," the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

"He, however, called upon the brave people of NWA to evict all foreigners from their soil and take charge of their land and destiny once again. He emphasised that it was wrong, in principle, to allow others to use our land for fighting their battles. This must not be allowed," it added.

The Pakistan Army is committed to supporting the people of the North Waziristan Agency in this effort, the statement said.

As far as drone attacks are concerned, the army said it has repeatedly conveyed to all concerned that these are not acceptable under any circumstances. "There is no room for ambiguity in this regard. The Government is making necessary efforts in this direction," it added.

The army leadership reaffirmed its resolve to continue supporting the democratic system without any preference to any particular political party, said the statement, adding that it is also determined to lead the fight on terror in partnership with other law enforcement agencies and in line with the Constitution.

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