The Pakistan military has asked NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan to act against cross-border attacks on Pakistani soil from Afghan areas, while it has refused to launch North Waziristan offensive, citing operational constraints, according to a news report.
The arrival of ISAF Commander General John Allen and America’s special envoy Marc Grossman in Pakistan on the same day might appear as a coincidence, but it comes more as a pre-emptive strategy that envisages building pressure on the country for taking on alleged terrorist sanctuaries in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), using military pressure and political manoeuvres simultaneously, The Nation reports.
During his separate meetings with Ambassador Grossman and General Allen, Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is reported to have asked the NATO/ISAF command to play their role in stemming the recent spate of terrorist acts from Afghanistan’s borderlands into Pakistan.
Unlike the recent past, the NATO command seems to have softened its visibly tough stance on Pakistan for NWA operation.
In a conversation with the paper, ISAF military spokesperson Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson said from Kabul that the meeting between General Kayani and General Allen was held in a “cordial environment and a host of security issues concerning Pak-Afghan security came under discussion”.
He termed the meeting as a “fruitful discussion for result oriented mutual objectives for future”.
Grossman, who had categorically asked the Pakistan Army to act decisively against Haqqanis during his stay in Kabul, seemed to have deviated from this line while being in Pakistan.
Reportedly, he did not put forth any direct or ‘strong’ demand during meeting with General Kayani but discussed in detail the operational aspects of possible NWA operation.