Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the army will remain in Swat and other restive areas where offensive is on against Taliban militants in North-West Frontier Province till complete peace is restored.
“Troops will remain in these areas till people who fled their homes do not return and peace is restored,” Gilani said at an all party meeting convened to discuss the military operations against militants in Swat and adjoining areas.
According to Gilani, the operations against the terrorists were being conducted with “great success”.
“The capacity of law enforcement agencies will be improved so that they can effectively enforce the law in those areas and enemies of the country cannot dare raise their heads again,” he said.
In an obvious reference to reports of Taliban fleeing from Swat after shaving off their trademark beards, Gilani said that those who destroyed the peace are on the run in disguise.
He said that the government is assured that every citizen is supporting its attempts to ensure the country’s security.
Recommendations and suggestions made in Monday’s meeting of the political parties will be incorporated into the national security policy, he added.
The government had adopted a policy of dialogue, development and deterrence to end militancy but the militants saw it as a sign of weakness, Gilani said.
Once the government approved the implementation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation to enforce Islamic laws in Swat and Malakand division, it had been expected that the militants would lay down their weapons but this did not happen, he said.