Air strikes against terrorists in NWA remained successful: Sartaj

Air strikes against terrorists in NWA remained successful: Sartaj

sartaj-aziz1ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on National and Foreign Affairs Security Sartaj Aziz has said that so far the terrorists’ hideouts have precisely been targeted in North Waziristan Agency, adding that the air strikes carried out against the terrorists remained successful. He said that the Taliban has not given positive response to the offer dialogues. He said the prime minister will announce the future course of action after the consultation of all parliamentary parties. He said Saudi Arabia has not purchased any weapons for Syria and even there is no such suggestion.

While talking to newsmen in Islamabad Thursday after attending a seminar‚ he said the dialogue has not yielded positive results so far.

Sartaj Aziz said National Security Policy presented in National Assembly on Wednesday is related to country’s internal security. He said the operational part of National Security Policy is of immense importance. Sartaj Aziz said objective of this policy is to establish rule of law. The Advisor said in next few weeks‚ the government will also present defense and international policy.

“Action against terrorists was carried out successfully, we have seen so far positive results,” he said.

Sartaj Aziz said the government has not received any positive response in talks with Taliban.

Replying to a question, he said Pakistan is in favour of reconciliation process in Afghanistan “but it should be Afghan-owned and Afghan lead”.

Aziz had also previously acknowledged that dialogue with the Taliban had derailed, adding that the state’s writ would be established in the troubled regions.

In response to a question regarding a policy shift in relation to Syria, the premier’s adviser said any reports relating to sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in Syria were baseless and misleading.

Speculation about a shift from Pakistan’s traditional policy of non-interference in the affairs of Muslim countries emanated from a joint declaration issued last week at the end of a visit to Islamabad by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud that called for the “formation of a transitional governing body” in Syria and media reports that Saudi Arabia was in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to the rebels. He said Saudi Arabia is purchasing weapons from whole world, adding that Saudia has no need to purchase arms from Pakistan as Pakistani arms are not of very good quality.

Aziz dispelled the impression of a change in the government’s policy on Syria and said speculations surfacing in the media to that effect had no foundation.

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