Pakistan army preparing to take back Swat, defeat terror all cost
Finally Pakistan army wakes up. In an attempt to regain the confidence of US and other western countries, Pakistan Army started moving against the Taliban in Swat - Army Chief Parvez Kayani claimed that the country "will defeat terrorism."
Earlier US Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton told Pakistan to worry about the Taliban terrorists rather than looking at India as a threat if Pakistan wants the foreign aid. This might have been a wake up call for the Army which was so far ignored Taliban who were threatening to take control of entire Pakistan.
Amid reports of Pakistani military mobilising forces for an operation in the Taliban-dominated Swat valley within 48 hours, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday vowed to defeat terrorism "at all cost".
In his first public comment on the spread of the Taliban from Swat to Buner district near Islamabad, the powerful army chief said his forces are "determined to root out the menace of terrorism from society" with the support of the people.
"Victory against terror and militancy will be achieved at all cost," gen. Kayani told his commanders from militancy-hit areas in NWFP and the tribal belt at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi near here.
"It (the army) will not allow the militants to dictate terms to the government or impose their way of life on the civil society of Pakistan," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the military.
His strong comments came as military sources were quoted by Dawn News channel as saying that the operations against the militants in Swat were "on the cards" and a troop build-up would be completed for this within 48 hours.