Terrorism Won’t Derail Peace Talks: Pak Minister


Islamabad: No terror group will be allowed to disrupt the peace process with India, Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif said on Saturday. The minister said that strict action would be taken against those involved in terror activities.

Talking to a news channel, Asif said that Pakistan strongly opposed terrorism in every form as terrorists are enemy of humanity. He added that no terror elements would be allowed to derail talks with India.

“No terrorist organisation will be allowed to derail the dialogue process between Pakistan and India,” Asif said. Earlier, Asif had said that “some elements” want to “sabotage” the Indo-Pak peace talks through terror acts but they will not succeed in their nefarious activities.

Asif also said Pakistan has achieved immense success in elimination of terrorism through operation Zarb-e-Azb which is still going on.

“Some of the militant groups have already been destroyed and those still remaining will also be dealt with as the operation is still going on,” he told.

“There is only one narrative and that is to eliminate the threat of militancy. I would request to highlight this aspect of our policy,” he said.

The minister’s statements came a week after six Pakistani terrorists infiltrated and launched a terror attack at the Pathankot IAF base. Reports suggest that the terrorists may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode