Asia: South & Central Pakistan's PM backs army offensive against militants in Waziristan

The military offensive has so far relied on airstrikes against militant hideouts in Pakistan's tribal belt, leading to warnings of retaliation against foreigners in the country.

By , Correspondent

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In his first public statement since the Pakistani military launched a blistering attack against militants in North Waziristan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the Karachi airport assault last week was the tipping point that caused the government to abandon peace talks and authorize a military offensive.