Islamabad, Jan 4 (ANI): Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani's decision to reject a military operation in North Waziristan despite US pressure is an explicit example of patriotism, PML-Q (Likeminded) President Saleem Saifullah Khan has said.
"Pakistan is passing through a critical time, and the Army Chief, while sensing his constitutional responsibility, decided in supreme national interest and opposed military operation in North Waziristan," The Nation quoted Saifullah, as saying.Applauding General Kayani for the move, he said the decision to oppose a military operation in North Waziristan had cleared the doubts and concerns of the whole nation.
Entire Pakistan was standing with General Kayani, as the nation could not afford further military operation and his decision had saved the country from jumping into a quagmire, Saifullah added.
The so-called war on terror had destroyed Pakistan's peace and solidarity to such an extent that its economy was now on the verge of disaster, he said, adding that the US wanted to inherit the Afghanistan war to Pakistan.
Pakistan economy had suffered 43 billion dollars worth of losses, said Saifullah, adding that despite thousands of Pakistanis, including army officials and civilians, having sacrificed their lives, the US continued to demand more in this regard.
"US is still not satisfied and happy with the role played by Pakistan in war on terror despite huge sacrifices in terms of lives, wealth and infrastructure," he said.
Suicide attacks, drone strikes and terrorist activities had destroyed Pakistan's peace, and it was the need of the hour to take bold decisions, Saifullah said. (ANI)