Military Operations in Waziristan

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MILITARY OPERATIONS IN WAZIRISTAN: PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS IN PAKISTAN ON TERRA Mirza Jan1, Sajjad Ahmed Paracha2, Muhammad Anwar3 & Muhammad Imran1 1 2

Ddepartment of Mass Communication, Gomal University, D.I.Khan (KPK) Pakistan Department of Media Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur,Pakistan 3 TESCO, Wapda House Peshawar ABSTRACT This empirical study examines the military operation launched by the Government of Pakistan in Waziristan. It will discuss the wide range causes and effects of the military operation. This study discusses the phenomena of military operation in Waziristan and the Taliban targeting US-led forces. This survey reveals the Public opinion regarding drone attacks of NATO forces. This explanatory study reviews the mastermind behind the terra acts and financial support. This study also synthesis the categorical opinion of the tribal flees from their native villages.

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INTRODUCTION The study is exploratory in nature. This paper specifically explores the public perception of the migrated and innocent people from South Waziristan to other parts of the country (Pakistan). World think tank is of the opinion that Waziristan is a paradise for Taliban. Pakistan was stressed that the Taliban should be eliminated from this part of the world. The ongoing fighting began in 2004, when the Pakistan Army entered the region inhabited by the Waziri tribe in search of al Qaeda and Taliban fighters who were using the Waziristan area as a base for launching deadly attacks against the US-led Allied forces in Afghanistan. Since the fighting began, the Pakistani forces have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban militia due to roadside bombs and ambushes. The military Operation Rah e Nijat (path to deliverance) is the latest attempt of Pakistan army to inflict final blows to the TehrikiTaliban in

Pakistan. Waziristan's new landmarks speak eloquently of the intensity of the conflict that still rages between Taleban and al-Qaeda militants and the Pakistani security forces. On 19th of June Pak army started the gathering of forces on the border of South Waziristan. After

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three months of blockade and minor skirmishes with the Taliban eventually the army launched a full scale ground assault on the 19th of October 2009. The Pakistan army has a total of 28000 troops and 500 special commandos on their side while the Taliban have 10 to 15,000 troops and 1500 foreign fighters. The fighting is intense and arduous and each day brings reports of the Pakistan army inching forward another few steps deep into a very difficult and dangerous terrain (Global Voices Online, 2009) Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” asserted forthrightly that al- Qaeda “has protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability, including: a safe haven in the Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), operational lieutenants, and its top leadership” (Muhammad, 2004). The Pakistan army is conducting

and, having cleared and consolidated the three major approaches to the area, the final battle will then be fought for the capture of Sararogha, the Taliban strongpoint. Once could also assume that the operation will continue as the popular will is in favor of the military action (Masood, 2009). Taliban is not a new phenomenon. It is a rebound of Russian invasion. They have been used as bullfighters. The fighters are the

Pakistan and America. Former President Pervez Musharraf has played the role of a sponsor while Bush was presented as a pious villain and playboy by the western media. Musharraf’s yes to war on terror is still a question mark (Rajat, 2007). The conflict began in 2004 as a result Pakistan's search for Al Qaeda members in the mountainous Waziristan region as part of the War on Terror. Militant tribes who had ruled the area under a de facto autonomy interpreted the searches as a violation of...
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