Pak wants to finish war on terror soon

Pak’s MoS for Interior, Tasneem Qureshi, has said that the PPP-led govt wants to end the war on terror at the earliest.

Updated: Jan 13, 2010, 16:11 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan’s Minister of State for Interior, Tasneem Qureshi, has said that the PPP-led government wants to end the war on terror at the earliest, as militancy has hampered the country’s progress.
The Daily Times quoted Qureshi as saying it was wrong to allege that Pakistanis were crossing the border into Afghanistan to fight the US-led forces.

He, however, stressed that the US drone attacks should be stopped immediately.

Qureshi said that the government had asked Washington to transfer drone technology to Islamabad so that it could deal with terrorists itself.

He also said that American private security agency Blackwater was not present in Pakistan and the authorities should check all foreigners, including Americans.

He added that coordination was being improved among various security agencies to improve efficiency.

War on terror could spill over to Pak: Qureshi

Karachi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the war on terror being fought in the neighbouring Afghanistan could spill over into Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting of Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan held in Abu Dhabi, Qureshi said the challenges faced by Pakistan are direct consequences of terrorist activities across the border in Afghanistan.

The Dawn quoted Qureshi as saying that Pakistan paid a heavy price for the war against terror, pointing out that nearly 3,000 people have been killed by extremists since July 2007.

The one-day conference brought together delegations from about 40 countries ahead of a January 28 conference on Afghanistan in London, which will be attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other international leaders.

Qureshi lauded the efforts of the security forces as well as the people of Pakistan for bravely facing terrorism.