Governor of the Pakistan's restive NWFP province has claimed that "anti-state elements" were trying to weaken the country's defences on the eastern border by engaging the army on the western frontier.
Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani made the remark during a meeting with a delegation of leaders of pro-government "peace committees" or militias from Mohmand tribal region, where the local Taliban are engaged in fighting the security forces.
Pakistan shares a long border with India on the east and the tribal people living on the western frontier should be conscious of ground realities and keep a vigil in their region, he said.
The people should help foil the conspiracies of enemies and "their designs against the sole Muslim atomic power," he said.
The "anti-state elements" want to create disturbance and spread anarchy in Pakistan and this "was no more a secret," he said.
"The hour of test is not over yet for the people of NWFP and (tribal areas)," he added.
"We are moving in the right direction and hitting the terrorists in their strongholds with full force," Ghani said.
He appreciated the services rendered by the peace committees in maintaining law and order in the tribal belt.