‘Waziristan operation against militants after consensus of Army, civilian leadership’

Islamabad: A meeting convened by Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, after carrying out a careful evaluation of the North Waziristan issue, has decided that any operation in the restive region would be carried out only after a thorough consensus between the army and civilian leadership, strictly in accordance with national interests, and at a convenient time.

Earlier, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa had put the ball in the political leadership's court on the question of whether or not to launch an operation in Waziristan, saying that it would be a "political decision", reports The News.

Sources said that, in the meeting, matters relating to overall regional security issues, Pak-US relations, intelligence cooperation, anti-terrorist efforts and various options to defend border posts and security forces from cross-border attacks were also mulled upon.