Religious political parties in the Northwest Frontier Province have also spoken out against the Dir operation, reports The Nation, an English-language Pakistani daily. The leader of the Jammat-e-Islami party in Rawalpindi – Islamabad's twin city – described the operation as a "violation of peace accord."
"It seems that the federal government has launched the fresh operation under the mounting pressure of US, which is remorseful," [City Amir Jammat-e-Islami Raja Abdul Waheed Advocate] added….
He also accused President Asif Ali Zardari [of consenting] to the military operation "just to make Americans happy before his departure for his scheduled visit to US."
The international community, however, is hailing the Dir operation, reports the Pakistani English-language daily, The News.
[British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown praised the action of the Pakistan's armed forces in Dir to flush out the Taliban from there. "The Pakistan Army and the government are already taking strong actions against the Taliban leadership."