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Army officers sympathetic to militants purged: Prez

Revealing that Pakistani army officers sympathetic to militants have been "purged", President Asif Ali Zardari has said the army is committed to defeating the Taliban.

world Updated: May 17, 2009 22:57 IST

Revealing that Pakistani army officers sympathetic to militants have been "purged", President Asif Ali Zardari has said the army is committed to defeating the Taliban.

“I think the casualties speak for that, the displacement speaks for that," Zardari said in an interview to The Sunday Times. "Officers sympathetic to the militants have been purged. I'm confident the army perceives the Taliban as much of a national threat as we do," Zardari said. He added “you cannot fight this war only on the battlefield. You also have to fight it on the economic front."