The Pakistan Army has put the ball in the political leadership's court on the question of whether or not to launch an operation in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), after Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said it would be a "political decision".
"It is going to be a political decision," The Dawn quoted Gen Bajwa, as saying.
Speculations about an impending operation had grown after a strong reaction by the military and civilian leaders over the attack on 14-year-old rights activist Malala Yousufzai.
The attack swung public opinion in favour of a decisive operation against a militancy that has long haunted the country.
The army had expressed its resolve, more than once, to eradicate terrorism after the Mingora incident, Gen Bajwa said.
The National Assembly, while expressing its rage over the attempt on Malala's life, had passed a resolution saying it "resolves that until the establishment of peace in the great motherland, the rooting out of terrorists will continue".
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf too, during his visit to the hospital where Malala is being treated, stated that the nation wouldn't surrender to militants.
The capacity required for undertaking the operation in North Waziristan is said to be already in place, although some logistics reviews may be needed when finalising the details. (ANI)