The Pakistani army launched major ground offensives in 2009 in the north-west against Pakistani Taliban strongholds in the Swat region, last April, and in South Waziristan, last October.
The militants have hit back with a wave of suicide bombings and attacks that have killed hundreds of people across Pakistan.
In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Thursday, Maj Gen Abbas, head of public relations for the Pakistan army, told the BBC: "We are not going to conduct any major new operations against the militants over the next 12 months.
Even if the Pakistani government was sincere in its inability to start new offensive initiatives, publicly stated in this way it is all Islamic terrorists anywhere need to convince them of the effectiveness of their vile tactics.
It is tantamount to saying, “we attacked you and suffered the consequences. Sorry, we won’t do it again".