Committed to combating terrorism, Pak says it wont allow foreign troops in

October 16th, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

United Nations, Oct 16 (ANI): Pakistan was committed to combating extremism and terrorism and that it would not allow foreign troops to operate inside its borders, said Pakistani Ambassador to the UN Farukh Amil during a debate at the UN Security Council on the worsening situation in Afghanistan .

The new democratic government is in the process of reaching the national consensus necessary to confront and defeat the terrorists, the Daily Times quoted Amil as saying.

He added that Pakistan was employing a holistic strategy against extremism and terrorism that entailed using political dialogue and socio-economic measures, but retaining the option to use force if required.

He said that Pakistan remained committed to working with Afghanistan and the international forces towards defeating terrorism, but it expected reciprocal cooperation based on goodwill and respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. No foreign troops will be allowed to operate inside Pakistan , Amil said and added that such actions actually served to empower the forces against which they fought together.

He said there was no quick fix to the challenges in Afghanistan, and that sustained engagement of the international community and a comprehensive strategy owned by the Afghan people were required to address the remaining intricate questions of reconciliation, security, drugs, governance and development.

The envoy further said the UN secretary-generals report presented a myopic view of the cross-border issue, adding that he expected that due caution would be exercised in that regard in future. (ANI)

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