Pak plans military ops against Taliban, al-Qaeda

Pakistan is seriously considering the option of launching a military operation against al-Qaeda and Taliban safe havens in the tribal region of North Waziristan agency, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said.

The tribal agency is the hub of terrorists, Malik told reporters upon his arrival at the Karachi Airport.

He said the government and military leadership would decide whether there is a need for an operation in North Waziristan.

Malik also made it clear that the government was getting intelligence reports from North Waziristan on daily basis and there were reports about terrorist hideouts in the area.

According to Dawn News, a meeting has been summoned in the General Headquarter Rawalpindi in which Corps Commander Peshawar would give briefing over the security situation of North Waziristan.

On Malala Yousufzai, he said the terrorists had not just attacked the 14-year-old schoolgirl, but had attacked the entire nation.

Malala stable

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, was still on ventilator at a top army hospital, though her condition was satisfactory and her vital organs were “intact and working properly”, the military said today.

The condition of 14-year-old Malala, who is in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, continues to be satisfactory, a military spokesman said. She is still on ventilator in the intensive care unit but her vital organs are in a proper working condition, he said. A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition.

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