Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either. In an interview, he urged Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as those could have dire consequences. He said that the Indian air chief said we will hit Pakistan’s nuclear installations and if that happens, nobody should expect restraint from us and that is the most diplomatic language I can use. Foreign Minister said Pakistan seeks recognition of its legitimate security concerns in the region. The Minister said Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States. He said Pakistan is extremely concerned about safe havens of terrorists in Afghanistan. He said our armed forces have done extremely well in counter terrorism operations and no other country can match Pakistan's commitment and success in this regard.

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Dr. Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst):

The visit of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to the United States was quite successful. The Minister had presented Pakistan's stance in a better position to the US. He gave a detailed description of Pakistan's sacrifices in war against terrorism. Earlier Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a meeting with United States Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York also conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over the US’ revised policy in the region. He also conveyed the sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terrorism in a befitting manner.

Cowardice acts of terrorism cannot restrain counter terrorism of Pakistani nation: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that a compensation package will be announced for the heirs of those killed in yesterday's terror attack at Jhal Magsi in Balochistan. Speaking in the National Assembly today, he strongly denounced the terror attack. The Interior Minister said foreign funded elements are targeting soft targets in the country to create an environment of fear and panic amongst people. He said Pakistan is committed to fighting against terrorism and Jhal Magsi like cowardly incidents cannot shake our resolve. Ahsan Iqbal urged religious scholars to come forward to address the issue of hate speech and promotion of sectarian harmony. Earlier, the House offered Fateha for those killed in yesterday's terror attack at Jhal Magsi.

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