Talks or what?

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

As the peace talks with the Tal­iban came to an end – an even­tu­al­ity pre­dicted by the saner el­e­ments in Pak­istan– it fi­nally dawned on the govern­ment to uti­lize the ser­vices of the eighth largest army in the world to deal with the mil­i­tancy prob­lem. Al­though there was pres­sure on the govern­ment to go for a mil­i­tary oper­a­tion, it re­sisted and opted for a di­a­logue with the Tal­iban. How­ever, the talks came to a stand­still when a fac­tion of the Tal­iban claimed that it had slaugh­tered the 23 FC men that ter­ror­ists had cap­tured from a bor­der post in 2010.

Not only did this ad­mis­sion lead to a sud­den break­down in talks, it also re­sulted in a se­ries of sur­gi­cal air op­er­a­tions by the Pak­istan Air Force. Con­se­quently, sev­eral mil­i­tant hide­outs in the moun­tains of North Waziris­tan were razed to the ground in the air strikes. Se­cu­rity sources also claimed that many lo­cal and for­eign ter­ror­ists, in­clud­ing some top-rank­ing mil­i­tant lead­ers, were killed in the pre­ci­sion at­tacks.

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