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Kayani spells out terms for regional stability

February 2, 2010

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Monday the success of military operations in the tribal regions have caused substantial decline in cross-border attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan and warned that it was essential to address Pakistan’s long-term strategic concerns for stability in the region.

In a rare press briefing, General Kayani said it would be a cause of worry for Pakistan if Afghanistan’s projected army developed the potential to take on Pakistan.
“We want a strategic depth in Afghanistan but do not want to control it,” the general said while talking to a group of journalists at the Army General Headquarters.

“A peaceful and friendly Afghanistan can provide Pakistan a strategic depth.” He asked the US and Nato to come out with a clear strategy on Afghanistan.

General Kayani who last week participated in Nato commanders’ conference in Brussels said Pakistan was prepared to train the Afghan National Army which would help improve relations between the two nations. He said he hoped the offer would get a positive response.

“If we get more involved with the ANA (Afghan National Army) there’s more interaction and better understanding,” General Kayani said.

“We have opened all doors … It’s a win-win for Afghanistan, the United States, Isaf and Pakistan,” he said, referring to Nato’s International Security Assistance Force.

He said he believed it would take at least four years to achieve a target of a 140,000-strong Afghan force able to take over security responsibilities.

Pakistan has raised concern over a similar offer by India to train Afghan army, and the issue could become another point of conflict between the two South Asian neighbours.

Pakistan’s offer reflects Islamabad’s rising concern over Indian influence in Afghanistan. “Our strategic paradigm needs to be fully realised,” General Kayani said.

He warned that an environment hostile to Pakistan could strain its battle against militancy and extremism. He said he had conveyed the concerns and constraints of Pakistan to the Nato allies.

“There are some key issues of the conflict that needed to be fully understood and addressed.”

He said there was a need for realisation of Pakistan’s key regional position and its contribution in the war.

General Kayani said more than 140,000 Pakistani troops were now involved in fighting militants in the northwest and deployment along the Afghan border.

He said over the last seven months Pakistani military had launched 209 major and 510 minor operations in 10 regions. He said 2,273 Pakistani army officers and soldiers had been killed in the fighting so far.

General Kayani said that the military operations in South Waziristan and Swat were at present in a transitory phase — from hold to build. “We must consolidate our gains and fully stabilise the area secured lest it fall back to the terrorists,” he said.

He warned against losing sight for future operations. “Public opinion, media support, army’s capability and resolve are fundamental to our war,” he said.

General Kayani rejected the perception that Pakistan did not want to take on the militants in North Waziristan. “There is already one army division deployed there and we have taken action whenever required,” he declared

He said it was important that the military consolidated its hold in South Waziristan and other tribal regions before starting another army offensive.

Last October the army launched a major offensive in South Waziristan which had become the main bastion of Pakistani Taliban movement and Al Qaeda.

More than 30,000 troops have been involved in the operation which is said to be the biggest since Pakistan joined the US war on terror after September 11, 2001.

The troops have cleared most of the region, but there are still pockets of resistance. Many Taliban commanders have taken refuge in neighbouring Waziristan. “We have broken the myth that Waziristan cannot be controlled,” he said.

Pakistan has been facing mounting pressure from the United States to start army operation in North Waziristan which is the base for another Taliban faction.

The US and western intelligence agencies believe the area is also a base of Afghan insurgents led by Sirajuddin Haqqani. Pakistan had signed a peace deal with the Taliban faction in 2006.

General Kayani said Pakistani military’s success in South Waziristan had sent a strong message to the militants operating in North Waziristan and other areas.

“There is, however, no need at this point to start a stream roller operation in North Waziristan.”

The army chief said the large number of casualties suffered by the Pakistani security forces and economic losses had not dented the armed forces’ resolve to fight terrorism and violent extremism. “We will fight and finish the terrorism in our own interest,” General Kayani said.

He said the intelligence sharing and greater cooperation between Pakistani military and US forces had helped improve the situation. “The regular contacts between Pakistani and US military commanders have greatly helped in understanding each others’ position.”

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20 comments

  1. my message to keyani is to have some balls and stop the american drone attacks after all like i have stated on many occasions pakistan is a soverign country or isnt it mr keyani


    • Pakistan is being taken for a ride, do you think america leaving from afganistan is in our intrest? america would never do anything good for pakistan

      The afgan army will be a threat to Pakistan


  2. nujat …dude either u r indian or a supporter of current govt…ask zardari to have some balls to take a stand and ask kayani to shoot down drones…remember few days back a drone was struck down…still u doubt the ability…so ask the govt…becoz when army will take decision on its own…there will be no ppp and zardari govt left…


    • WHY CAN YOU NOT REPLY TO A COMMENT WITHOUT BRINGING THIS INDIAN LINE IN TO IT YES A DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN BUT IT WAS SHOT DOWN BY THE TRIBESMEN NOT THE PAK ARMY
      NOR AM I SUPPORTER OF ZARDARI AS I HAVE STATED IN MY EARLIER COMMENT IF THIS GOVERMENT OF ZARDARI CANNOT TAKE A STAND ON THE DRONES THEN KEYANI SHOULD UNILATERLY TAKE A STAND WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES BECAUSE PAKISTANI CIVILLIANS ARE BEING KILLED FOR HOW LONG IS ZARDARI AND KEYANI GOING TO TOLERATE THIS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OR SUPPLY THE TRIBESMEN WITH THE MISSILES TO SHOOT THEM DOWN THEMSELVES
      NUJAT PATRIOTIC PAKISTANI


  3. Fateh Dude, by the same token you sounds more like indian or Richard holbrook. Maro aur maro. Army has been killing for the last 42 years and they still have not solved one problems but instead created more, eg Zardari is a gift of an army’s low character general. We also have Sharif brothers for you as well. They are next in the line, Army will make sure of this.

    Its high time now that Elite army brass has failed badly and they should let the real patriotic army officers (who do not suffer from inferiority complex like their seniors)come forward to take over the command. Our current Generals do not have the balls to stand tall in front of Americans and the others. Its their time to go and take their political arm ( Zardaris, Bhutos, Sharifs) with them. This nation has nothing left to give them anymore. Mr Kyani now claims that their successful operation caused less attcks on Nato Forces in Afghanistan. Who he works for I wonder. We had 500 suicide attacks in Pakistan and thousands died and injured.
    It is time for Zardari clan to go and take disfuntional generals (They are only handfull)with them and wait for their demise to face the real Lord.


    • nice reply brother ahmed im glad when someone sees
      the situation clearly as it is not manufacture one that isnt
      nujat patriotic pakistani pakhtoon


    • brother ahmed if these people dont see the clear picture then they are living in denial
      nujat patriotic pakistani pakhtoon


  4. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    “Drones”

    “Drones”

    “Drones”

    “Drones”

    World starts and ends at “Drones”


    • Nujat has a valid point. Drone attcks also imply that it may escalated further any time the Americans wish to do so.

      As long as the drone attacks continue, all the big Pakistani talks make no sense. Pakistan is being stripped (of sovereignity) in front of the whole world … !

      You can live in denial as long as you wish, but the truth is there for the whole world to see !


      • You did not get my point neel123 regarding the “drone” thingy.


      • that is exactly what they are doing living in denial when the truth is staring them in the face cocerning the drones
        nujat patriotic pakhtoon pakistani


  5. “Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Monday the success of military operations in the tribal regions have caused substantial decline in cross-border attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan”
    —————————————————-

    that’s an interesting statement from our General where he is admitting that all the operations done in Fata is to protect the Kaafir Nato forces. This doesn’t comes as a surprise as our ex-general fully cooperated with kaafirs to invade a Muslim country Afghanistan.

    Anyone criticising Pak army for it’s pro- Kaafir policies doesn’t automatically becomes indian, i think this childish behaviour should stop.

    Isn’t North Waziristan part of Pakistan?
    What is our army doing, why are they silent to drone attacks. This silence simply means they are still in alliance with america.

    Unless Pak army withdraws it’s pro-america stance, i will no longer support them now. I fear Allah swt’ and want to die as a Believer.

    Surah Maidah:
    5:51,O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your allies: they are but allies of one another and whoever of you allies himself with them becomes, verily, one of them; behold, God does not guide such evildoers.


    • well said brother imran for telling it how it is these keyanis zardaris maliks etc etc are all fake they are all in it for their own financial gains never be tricked by their carefully stage managed speeches and comments
      where as in truth pakistani civillians are being killed by their hundreds by these drones in their own country whos going to look after their interests and livelyhood if we have leaders like these then who needs enemies
      nujat patriotic pakistani


  6. Gen. Kiyani is respected by all the pakistanis but his statement about the american war that it is not an american war but our war is identical to Zardari’s statements that he has been uttering. After the Kerry Lugar Bill debate in Pakistan it was considered that the Zardari Government wanted american dollars at any cost that was proved anyway the way their spokesperson like Fauzia Wahab needlessly stressing that there was nothing wrong with this bill and it was for the people of pakistan and accusing military was upset because it was against the army and that is why they are against it.

    Now when the american president Obama has presented a bill for pak army aid of $1.2billion our Gen calling the american war as our own war is a big question mark. Our army should be protecting our people and territories rather than fighting as mercenaries. On the other hand the americans and indians are in no mood to solve Kashmir and water issue rather india has been given a clear keeping on destablising pakistan. There is no let up in drone attacks and yesterday there were 18 missiles rained down by 8 drones so our army should take action against these attacks for the sake of our nation rather than issuing statements to make the yanks happy and supply of dollars.


    • civillian well said brother
      nujat patriotic pakhtoon pakistani


  7. I think the article is great. It highlights a very far reaching scenerio and should be looked at with a broad mind and a regional perspective, as I believe is, it’s tone and message.


  8. the way the americans are killing innocent pakistani civillians through their drone attacks is like a console game from thousands of miles from the us what a joke this pak goverment and army is reduced to making rhetoric speeches and comments of no value whatsoever
    keyani do us a favour and go and take zardari with you
    and his henchmen put in their place a general with balls to stand up to the americans and put pakistani
    interest first obove everything
    nujat pakistani pakhtoon


  9. Hey guys, Ive just gotten done taking a shit here..in my bedroom.. I dont have a toilet ….can you pakistanis please donate an indian for a decent toilet ?

    Thanks you

    Ask Jeeves
    10 galir, apartment 420
    Dharvi, Mumbai


    • STOP IT, ENUFF !

      Hello PKKH, anyone ??? what is this? who’s moderating this? no vulgarity please.


  10. Ask Jeeves 0f apartment420, Mumbi

    Be patiant we will take you out of your filth.



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