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Air strikes against Taliban useful to curb terrorism: Sartaj

28 February, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on foreign and national security Sartaj Aziz Thursday termed air strikes against Taliban terrorists as 'useful tool'.

Speaking to media person here, Aziz said that surgical strikes on terrorists safe sanctuaries in North Waziristan and other tribal areas are giving positive results.

He said government started dialogue process with full sincerity and wanted to restore peace in the country with peaceful mean.

The advisor said dialogue process did not give positive results as talks and terrorism can not go side by side.

Aziz said the policy announced on Wednesday on the floor of National Assembly by Chaudhry Nisar was internal strategy added that the government would announce foreign and defence policy in next two weeks.

He said with central and better intelligence system, incident of terrorism could be reduced in the country.

To query on deadlock over defence agreement between Karzai and Obama administration, Sartaj Aziz said that this is Afghanistan's internal issue but if Afghanistan destabilized again it would affect Pakistan as well.

He said Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan without interfering in their internal matter but would support Afghan-owned peace process.

When asked about secret arms deal between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for Syrian rebels, the advisor said this was baseless allegation adding that neither such proposal came from the Kingdom nor Pakistan has such policy to interfere in internal matter of any country.

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