Islamabad: Pakistan`s Interior Minister
Rehman Malik has said that had the Taliban militants overrun
his country, their next targets would have been India and
"India and Bangladesh would have been next if the
Taliban had taken over Pakistan," Malik told reporters while
briefing them on the outcome of the meeting of SAARC Interior
Ministers here yesterday.
Pakistani Taliban last year warned that it would
dispatch terrorists to fight India, once an Islamic state had
been created in Pakistan.
"We want an Islamic state (in Pakistan). If we get
that, then we will go to the borders and help fight the
Indians," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan`s slain chief Hakimullah
Mehsud had warned in footage aired by Britain`s Sky News
channel in October last year.
At the SAARC briefing, Malik contended that Pakistan`s
actions against the Taliban had helped improve regional
Pakistan`s actions against the Taliban will continue
till they are eradicated, he added.
Under US pressure, Pakistan launched a military
offensive in May last year against militants and pushed them
out of the Taliban bastion of Swat.
The militants then conquered neighbouring districts,
including one just 100 km northwest of Islamabad. The brazen
Taliban advances set alarm bells ringing in many world