Re :Pakistani Politician Criticizes Islamabad for Obeying US Orders
Pakistani Politician Criticizes Islamabad for Obeying US Orders
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Pakistani politician on Wednesday lashed out at the Islamabad government and army for obeying the US orders, saying that the Pakistani Army's military operation in North Waziristan will bring the army into direct confrontation with the people.
Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Seyed Munawar Hasan expressed grave concerns over the military operation in North Waziristan, and called on the government and the armed forces of Pakistan to refrain from such unwise moves.
Washington wanted to spread the war flames to every nook and cranny of Pakistan and put the masses and armed forces in confrontation with each other, he said.
"The military operation in North Waziristan would be assessed as obedience to the order issued by (US Secretary of State) Hilary Clinton and civil and military rulers will not get public support for such operation in North Waziristan," he added.
Pakistan's military will launch an offensive in the militant bastion of North Waziristan, a newspaper reported yesterday, days after the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said Islamabad must tackle sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and the Taliban on the Afghan border.
An understanding for an offensive in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary in Pakistan for militants fighting in Afghanistan, was reached when Clinton and the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, visited Pakistan last week, Pakistan's The News reported.
The United States has long demanded that Pakistan attack the region to eliminate the Haqqani network, one of the deadliest Afghan militant factions fighting US troops in Afghanistan.
Meantime, the US military chief, Admiral Mike Mullen, said on Monday that the Pakistani government would launch a major offensive on militants in North Waziristan.
"It's a very important fight and a very important operation," the outgoing chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told a television network.
Senior Pakistani politicians have cautioned of the heavy costs of Pakistan's participation in the US alleged war on terrorism, and demanded the country's officials to step out of the costly war.
"This is not a war on terrorism, but it is a war waged by the US and its allies such as France, India, Israel and Britain against Pakistan and its nuclear program," Former president of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (Pakistan Islamic Community) Qazi Hossein Ahmad told FNA in Islamabad on Saturday.
He called on the Pakistani officials to take the necessary political decisions to defuse the US plots.
"The US plot is now clear and it will be too late if Pakistani rulers do not decide to withdraw from the United States' alleged counter-terrorism plans now," Hossein Ahmad stated.
He said that confrontation with terrorism has claimed the lives of 35,000 Pakistani citizens and soldiers and inflicted over $70 billion of damage on the country.