Pakistan taking indiscriminate action against terrorists: Senate told
Sartaj Aziz says the statement made by Chairman U.S. armed services committee was in response to briefing by Afghanistan.
The senate was informed on Tuesday that Pakistan is taking indiscriminate action against all groups of terrorists in the best national interest.
This was stated by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while responding on a motion moved by about thirty senators about the implications of the statement of Chairman U.S. armed services committee in Kabul soon after his visit to Pakistan.
He said Senator John McCain led a five member delegation during his visit to Pakistan early this month and he held meetings with Prime Minister and Chief of the Army Staff. He said the visiting delegation was briefed about Pakistan's initiative for the elimination of terrorism from the country and making Pak-Afghan border more secure.
He said the delegation was impressed by the steps taken by Pakistan against the terrorists and the members also lauded Pakistan's contribution for elimination of terrorism from the region.
He said when the delegation visited Afghanistan then they were briefed by Afghan authorities about their reservations. He said the statement made by the Chairman U.S. armed services committee was in response to the briefing by Afghanistan.
Responding to another motion regarding Terms of References of the Riyadh-based Military alliance and its impact on Pakistan, the advisor on foreign affairs said that the forty-one member Islamic military counter terrorism alliance has not yet been finalized. He said the TORs will be finalized through a consultative mechanism of the member countries at the Defence Ministers level.
He said as soon as the TORs will be finalized and received these will be placed before the Parliament. He said the recently retired Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, who is heading the alliance, is presently performing advisory role and not heading any troops.
Taking part in the discussion, the members said that Pakistan will not get dictation from any Country in the matters of its internal security. They said that all possible steps should be taken to insure peace and security in the country. They said that our foreign policy should be based on having good relations with all the countries particularly the Islamic nations.
The house will now meet tomorrow at 3:30 pm.