Islamabad: The International community once
created militants to defeat a "rival ideology" and it should
now help Pakistan in its fight against the scourge, President
Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday.
Zardari made the remarks during a meeting with former US
National Security Advisor Stephen J Hadley, currently a senior
advisor with the United States Institute of Peace.
Pakistan has the "unequalled advantage" of being aware of
the situation on the ground and is in a better position and
fully determined to continue fighting militants, he said.
However, Pakistan`s fight against militancy will be
conducted at a "pace and manner that was best suited to the
ground realities", Zardari said.
Matters related to the war against militancy, the
regional situation and Pakistan-US relations were discussed
during the meeting.
Zardari said the war against terror and the militant
mindset was a long-drawn battle.
"Every development in the ongoing struggle carries new
challenges in its fold, thus calling for more collaboration
and consultations among the allies to deal with emerging
situations," he said.
Despite limited resources and institutional capacity,
Pakistan remains committed to fight militancy and extremism
even after suffering thousands of casualties and losses
running into billions of dollars, Zardari said.