Islamabad, May 8: Pakistan has officially declared a war against the Taliban in the Swat and Malakand Divisions of the country's North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, May 7 Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the formal deployment of troops in the Malakand region, and vowed to flush out militants from the area at all costs.
"We will eliminate those who have tried to destroy peace of the country," Gilani said.
In an attempt to justify the government's move to sign the Swat peace deal with the TNSM to force the Taliban to lay down their arms, Gilani said the government accepted the demand for the enforcement of the Nizam-e-Adl in the hope that peace would be restored.
He urged the people to stand behind the security forces. Recalling the Swat flogging incident he said that 'shameful acts' against women in the country has not only earned a bad name for the nation, but has also put the lives of local people under perpetual threat.
He also announced a package of one billion rupees for rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).