US gets tough on Pakistan, seeks action in North Waziristan
The US has delivered a tough new warning to Pakistan, asking it to quickly crack down against militants in North Waziristan.
New York: The US has delivered a tough new
warning to Pakistan, asking it to quickly crack down against
militants in North Waziristan, where the Times Square bombing
suspect Faisal Shahzad is said to have been trained.
With the trail of the latest attempted terror strike in
New York leading to Pakistan, the administration appears to be
losing its patience with its war on terror ally, and has
warned it to act against extremists or face the consequences.
US military commander in Afghanistan Gen Stanley A
McChrystal met Pakistani military chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani in Islamabad yesterday and pressed for a new military
offensive in North Waziristan, the main base of the Pakistan
Taliban, a report said on Sunday.
McCrystal urged Pakistan to move more quickly in
beginning a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban
and al Qaeda in North Waziristan, New York Times said quoting
American and Pakistani officials.
The Pakistan Army has finished major military offensives
in militant-strongholds of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah province,
and has also launched a ground operation in South Waziristan
but has so far been jittery in extending it to North
The paper said Kayani was essentially told: "You can`t
pretend any longer that this is not going on... We are saying
you have got to go into North Waziristan".
The province is a major base of key militants of Pakistan
Taliban and al Qaeda, and is considered the main hideout of
fighters of the Haqqani network, and has been the centre of
frequent strikes by US drones.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also warned of "very
severe consequences" if a terror plot was traced to Pakistan.
"We`ve made it very clear that if, heaven-forbid, an
attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to
have been successful, there would be very severe
consequences," Clinton said.
The fresh pressure on Pakistan is being viewed as a sharp
turnaround from the relatively polite encouragement adopted by
the Obama administration in recent months, the daily said.
"We are saying, `Sorry, if there is a successful attack,
we will have to act`" within Pakistan, an unnamed American
official was quoted as saying.
It also comes at a time when there is an increasing
debate within the administration about how to expand US`
military influence on Pakistani soil, including boots-on-
the-ground presence, it said.
Pakistani-American Shahzad, has allegedly told
investigators that he had received training in the lawless