Washington, July 20, 2007 – The US Government must go for military strikes on Pakistan’s tribal agency areas, as the Pakistan Government has been “unable to flush out terrorist groups from their sanctuaries”, the Washington post has said in an editorial.
“If Pakistani forces cannot – or will not – eliminate the sanctuary, President Bush must order targeted strikes or covert actions by American forces, as he has done several times in recent years,” the paper said in its article ‘Facing al Qaeda’.
The paper said though such actions ran the risk of further destabilising Pakistan, “yet those risks must be weighed against the consequences of another large-scale attack on the US soil.”
“If there is one decision that seems most urgent in light of the intelligence reports, it is what to do about the al Qaeda base, which is allowing the group’s senior leadership to coordinate with what the NIE calls ‘operational lieutenants’ and to train militants for operations in and the United States,” the Daily times quoted the paper as saying. (ANI)