Pak will not allow Taliban to impose their agenda: Zardari

January 27th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI  


Islamabad, Jan 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Government will not allow the Taliban to impose their political and ideological agenda on the people through the use of force, President Asif Ali Zardari has said.

Talking to a delegation of parliamentarians, senators and ministers of the PPP, Zardari said the Taliban would not be allowed to challenge the writ of the government in Swat or any other part of the country.

The PPP leaders informed Zardari about the non-cooperative attitude of ministers and the bureaucracy, complaining they were treated like members of the opposition, the Daily Times reported.

The leaders informed Zardari that the ministers did not even attend their phones, which further encouraged bureaucrats of various ministries to ignore them.

Most the complaints were against Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, sources said.

The PPP legislators were also critical of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying he had ignored the problems of the people in their respective constituencies.

Zardari asked the PPP leaders not to be afraid of the lawyers long march. We will tackle this march as we did in the past. Let them exercise their democratic right, the president was quoted, as saying.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that a parallel Taliban judiciary is unacceptable.

We will not accept a policy like this, Gilani said after attending the inaugural session of a conference on medical education.

Gilani expressed concern over suspected US drone attacks in the Tribal Areas, and hoped that the new Obama Administration would review its policy. (ANI)

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