Pakistan on war footing against Taliban?

Pakistan is being put on a "war footing" to counter a surge in terrorism, according to a senior leader in the ruling party who promised military strikes against the Taliban and brushed aside human rights fears about draconian new anti-terror laws.

Rana Sanaullah, the law minister of Punjab province and one of the prime minister's closest confidants, told the Guardian the time had finally come to "smash" militant safe havens.

A spike in Taliban-led violence has prompted a dramatic rethink in policy from a government long determined to avoid a confrontation with the country's militant groups.

Expectations are growing of a long-delayed military push against al-Qaida-linked groups operating from North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous tribal area on the Afghan border.

In a meeting on Monday evening of assembly members of the governing Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), a majority voted to support a military operation against militants.

"Without eliminating terrorism and extremism we cannot place Pakistan on fast track of development," the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, told the gathering of parliamentarians.

The government has not announced exactly what it plans to do, leading some sceptics to doubt their resolve.

Sanaullah said a decision had been made to launch military operations but the army would be left to decide exactly what form any operation would take.
They seem to run hot and cold on this problem, but if they are really ready to do something they should work with the US to take out these guys and defeat them.  What generally happens is a mobilization and some skirmishes followed by a "deal" where the Taliban say they will stop attacks, which they never do for long.

This report suggest there is new cooperation with the US on counter terrorism warfare.


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