Pakistan prepares for military operation in North Waziristan

News article, posted 02.27.2014, from Pakistan, in:
Pakistan prepares for military operation in North Waziristan

A Pakistani official told the Washington Post's Karen DeYoung on Tuesday that the "government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region after brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks" (Post). The official added that: "It could be any day," noting that the plans have been shared with senior U.S. officials. Planning for the security operation comes as a halt in U.S. drone strikes enters its third month and high-level meetings between security officials in both countries. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of U.S. Central Command, and CIA Director John Brennan were in Pakistan last week, meeting with their counterparts, and Asif Yasin Malik, Pakistan's defense secretary, is bringing a security delegation to Washington later this week. 

A day after news about the operation broke, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan's Interior Minister, revealed a new national security policy on Wednesday and told the country's National Assembly that the government has made a major shift in how it will tackle terrorism (Dawn). According to Khan, attacks from militant fighters will now be met with an appropriate military response, though he did not provide more information about what exactly that meant. 

The 100-page document is divided into three parts: day-to-day policies, strategic planning, and operational guidelines (ET). Stressing that Pakistan's national security is of "grave importance," Khan added that the policy was still in draft form and that the government would appreciate input from all lawmakers. The policy will undergo a legislative review for about six months and then be formally implemented.