Pak says won`t give in to pressure on action against militants

Amid increased US pressure on Pak to take more steps to tackle terrorism, Pak has said it will not give in to any foreign dictation while deciding on a military operation against militants.

Last Updated: May 15, 2010, 16:21 PM IST

Lahore: Amid increased US pressure on
Pakistan to take more steps to tackle terrorism, Pakistan has
said it will not give in to any foreign dictation while
deciding on a military operation against militants in its
North Waziristan tribal region.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made these remarks
while talking to reporters at the airport here yesterday.

His remarks came a day after Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said that Pakistan needed to do more against militants
and warned it of "consequences" if any successful terror
attack against America is traced back here.

Reports suggest that the US pressure on Pakistan has
increased, especially in the wake of a botched car bomb attack
in New York on May 1.

Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American arrested for the
attempted attack in New York`s Times Square, was trained in
bomb-making in Waziristan, according to a complaint filed by
the FBI in a US court.

Qureshi also said Pakistan is engaged in dialogue with
India to sort out the outstanding issues. "We did not indulge
in any back-door diplomacy with India," he said.

Replying to a question about differences with India on
sharing river waters, Qureshi said Pakistan raised the issue
of decrease in water flows from India and the construction of
dams over western rivers in Jammu and Kashmir at international
fora.

The Indus Waters Treaty is the best forum to address
bilateral water issues, he said.

In response to another question, Qureshi said the US had
not accused Pakistan of providing support to militants.

He also said Pakistan is facing a severe energy crisis
and wanted to get the matter resolved and was seeking
assistance from the US and other developed countries.

PTI