Pakistan rejects report of joint military operations with US
Islamabad: The Pakistan military on Tuesday said it was not mounting joint operations with the US against Haqqani fighters holed up in the lawless North Waziristan region, and it alone would decide when to conduct campaigns within Pakistani territory.
While rejecting reports about joint counter-terrorism campaigns with the US, a Pakistani military official said “targeted actions” were being undertaken by the Pakistan Army in North Waziristan.
“Coordinated actions on the respective side of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, being part of routine, should not be mistaken for joint operations,” the military official said.
“When, where and how to carry out operations within our territory is up to Pakistan alone to decide,” said the official who declined to be identified.
The official rejected a report in the Wall Street Journal last week that had referred to US and Pakistani officials considering joint counter-terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan to target the Haqqani network in North Waziristan and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghan provinces.
The official acknowledged that “targeted actions” were being undertaken by the Pakistan Army against militants in North Waziristan as part of a campaign codenamed “Operation Tight Screw”.
This operation is an “ongoing process”, he said.
“This is being undertaken for some months now to squeeze terrorists and there is no new operation as claimed in the report,” the official said.