“Op against Taliban to go on despite attacks”

Pak military operation against Taliban will continue despite a wave of attacks, Says Gilani.

Updated: Oct 24, 2009, 10:28 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s military operation
against the Taliban in South Waziristan will be taken to its
logical conclusion despite a wave of attacks by the militants
as "failure is not an option", Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani said today.

Addressing a high-level meeting convened to frame a
strategy to counter a series of suicide attacks and bombings
unleashed by the Taliban, Gilani said his government is
committed to "uprooting militancy and intolerance from society
and all those who challenge the writ of the state will be
dealt with an iron hand".

"Failure is not an option despite the ferocity of these
attacks (by the militants)," he said hours after a suicide
bomber struck a strategic air force complex in Punjab province
and a car bomb targeted a restaurant in Peshawar, killing
eight persons and injuring nearly 30 more.

"The military operation in South Waziristan will continue
till its logical conclusion," Gilani said.

He assured the people that the government "will not allow
the terrorists to get away with their cowardly acts".

The meeting, which was attended by senior federal
ministers, provincial chief ministers and officials of the
police and law enforcement agencies, was briefed by army chief
Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on the military operation in South

Bureau Report