State to decide its own option, if Sufi Muhammad fails to disarm militants: ISPR.
ISLAMABAD, 27 April, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Director General
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Athar Abbas has
said that the state would decide its own option if TNSM head Maulana
Sufi Muhammad fails to force militants to lay down their arms. Talking
to CNN, he said it was huge success of the government that the masses
are convinced that militants wanted to destabilise the entire state.
Regarding implementation of Swat accord, he said it was a transition
period and transition is always very delicate and dicey. It needs a lot
of prudence to handle as it can bounce back in case of mishandling.
Commenting on situation in Bunair, he said Taliban have been given stern
warning to get out of Bunair, otherwise security forces are moving in.
The state was shown maximum restraint. Responding to a question,
regarding moving troops from Indian border, he said every state has a
right to analyse its own threats. Pakistan is concerned about its
eastern borders. India has Pakistan specific military capability. There
is a history of conflicts in the region between India and Pakistan.
Forces are available to fight extremists but the issue is lack of
technology and absence of sophisticated equipments as it can save lives
of troops. In the presence of latest equipments, troops could prove more
effective as compared to militants. The troubled areas are rugged, does
not allow quick mobility on the ground. Forces also require effective
surveillance and night vision devices. It also requires effective
helicopter force. Pakistani forces would prove more effective in the
presence of aforementioned facilities, he concluded.
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