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Military action to continue till normalcy is restored in Swat

world Updated: May 08, 2009 11:38 IST
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President Asif Ali Zardari has vowed to continue the military offensive against Taliban in Pakistan's restive northwest region until "normalcy" is restored in Swat and its adjoining areas.

"It's going to carry on until life will come back to normalcy," Zardari told reporters in Washington after his meeting with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had yesterday said "strong measures" would be taken to restore order in areas affected by the activities of Taliban as an all-out military offensive was underway in NWFP.

Zardari also sought to assure the international community, which has raised concerns over the prospect of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Taliban, that Pakistan's atomic arsenal was safe.

"All the responsible authorities that are responsible for such positions in the world are aware of the situation and have attested to the fact that our nuclear capability is in safe hands," he said.

Zardari, who is here, for the trilateral summit of the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said the government in Islamabad has realised that rise of extremism and growth of Taliban is a "regional" as well as "a worldwide problem". "It's not (just) Afghan or Tora Bora or mountains (of the region)," he said.