Pak will launch NWA operation at own discretion, not under external pressure: Qureshi

October 31st, 2010 - 12:27 pm ICT by ANI  

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Multan, Oct 31 (ANI): Pakistan would not give in to any
external pressure, and would itself decide on any operation in North Waziristan
keeping in view its requirements, resources and priorities, Foreign Minister
Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

Talking to journalists at the Multan Airport, Qureshi said
there was no external pressure on Pakistan for launching an operation in North
Waziristan, and added that the whole world had acknowledged the nation’s
sacrifice in the war on terror, the Daily Times reported.

To a question regarding the US’ ‘do more’ demand, he said
that Pakistan was making sincere efforts in the war and had made numerous
sacrifices. “Our people and even shrines are being targeted by terrorists,” he pointed
out, adding that the two sides should move forward in the context.

On the Pak-US strategic dialogue, the foreign minister said that the US
administration had decided to provide the five-year security assistance to Pakistan
to fulfill its defence requirements.

On civil nuclear assistance, Qureshi said, “Energy is our requirement and we
have conveyed our desire of a civil nuclear agreement. There should be no
discrimination on the civil nuclear programme. We also want to move forward in
the direction.”

Regarding the ongoing Afghan reconciliation talks, the
minister said that Pakistan, being a neighbouring country, was ready to help
the Afghan government if it sought its help.

He also said that groups who were fighting against each other in Afghanistan
were locals with different ethnic backgrounds and ideologies.

“If the groups are willing to hold talks for peace, Pakistan is ready to help
the process leading to peace and prosperity in Afghanistan,” he added. (ANI)

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