ISLAMABAD: Chief of Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani assured the national political leadership about the success of military operation against terrorists and extremists in Swat and minimum collateral damage in the area. The In-camera briefing on Swat and IDPs situation held at Prime Minister House on Friday was Presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Razza Gillani.
Chief of Army Staff briefed the national political leadership on the operational aspects of the ongoing operations and steps being taken to minimize collateral damage during the operations and the efforts being made to ensure the security and well being of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The National political leadership reiterated its resolve to preserve and protect the sovereignty of the state of Pakistan. It reinforced its will to establish the writ of the state, ensure the rule of law and carry forward the political process. It further recognized the role of the armed forces in the present situation and grieved the martyrdom of personnel of the armed and security forces.
The national political leadership also took note and emphasized that strategic questions regarding where, when and how many troops are deployed in each operation or sector is a Pakistani decision based on objective analysis and full understanding of threat spectrum. These decisions are undertaken in accordance with our national interest by our leadership, keeping in view the aspirations of people of Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by PML (N) Quaid, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif; Parliamentary Leader JUI(F), Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman; Chief Minister Punjab and President PML(N), Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; Parliamentary Leader PML(Q), Ch. Pervaiz Elahi; Parliamentary Leader MQM, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar; Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan; Parliamentary Leader PPP-(S) Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao; Parliamentary Leader FATA, Haji Munir Khan Aurakzai; Parliamentary Leader BNP(Awami) in the Senate, Mir Israr Ullah Zehri; Governor NWFP, Mr. Owais Ahmad Ghani; Chief Minister NWFP, Mir Amir Haider Khan Hoti; Chief Whip National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah; ANP leader, Mr. Muhammad Zahid Khan; Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan; Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf; Chairman Parliamentary Committee on National Security, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani; Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira; Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar; PML(F) leader, Pir Sadr Uddin Shah; Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani; Coordinator Special Support Group, Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmad; Maj. Gen. Muhammad Zaheer ul Islam, DG-C, ISI and DG Military Operations, Maj. Gen. Javed Iqbal. NNI