Well, no surprise there! While questions continue to be raised about the success of the current military operations, there is no question the Pakistan Army — in true Pakistan Army fashion — has captured Hotel and Institute Gulibagh. Of course the Tourism Department is screaming but doubt they will get anywhere. Pakistan Army has a perfect record of not letting go of any territory it captures (unless it is enemy territory where they have a perfect record of vacating it as soon as possible).
What are the Army’s plans? Will Hotel Gulibagh soon become the Head Office, DHA-Swat? Don’t be surprised — in fact, I would bet my money on it as Army had expressed interest in setting up a ‘cantonment’ in Swat very early on in the operation.