Pak PM says his govt wont bow down in front of militants

April 22nd, 2008 - 1:33 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Apr 22 (ANI): Giving enough hints that his government would not bow to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistans demand of release of five-six militants in exchange of Pakistans ambassador in Afghanistan , Tariq Azizuddin, who has been held hostage by the Pakistani wing of the Taliban for almost two months, Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government will neither be blackmailed by militants nor will it listen to their unrealistic demands.

We wont listen to their demands that are totally unrealistic. If they want us to hand over jailed terrorists as a precondition for talks, that will not happen, the Daily Times quoted Gillani as saying in an interview with Newsweek.

Gillani said there would be no talks with militants until our preconditions are met.

They should put down their arms first. Not only Baitullah Mehsud but also other armed tribes who are not militants, he added.

He also ruled out any unilateral US military strikes into Pakistan, saying that the United States have to have prior permission. (ANI)

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