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Pak Army capable to defend its territory: Aziz

Aziz says Pakistan will do whatever it takes to prevent terrorism. But it cannot and will not accept the presence of any foreign troops in Pakistan.

world Updated: Aug 06, 2007 13:19 IST

Amidst assertions by the US that it will not hesitate to strike Al -Qaeda targets in border areas of Pakistan, Islamabad has said it will not allow troops from any country to operate in its territory and was capable of dealing with terrorist elements.

"We will never allow any country to violate our sovereignty and integrity," he said.

Aziz said Pakistan was cooperating with the world in fighting terrorism and believed in strong coordination among the countries. "We believe in intelligence-sharing, cooperation and coordination with friendly countries that are committed to fighting this scourge".

Referring to the statements of US Presidential candidates about attacking Pakistan and holy places of Muslims, Aziz told Al-Arabia channel that Pakistan has reacted to these statements strongly. He said no Muslim country will tolerate the attack on the Muslim's holy places.

"Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are very close strategic partners and we will never sit back if anybody try to harm Saudi Arabia or holy places".

On the reports of presence of Al -Qaeda leaders in Pakistan he said "we will do whatever it takes to prevent terrorism. But we cannot and will not accept the presence of any foreign troops in Pakistan."

"If we will share credible, quantifiable and identifiable intelligence, then Pakistan will act, we have the capacity and capability to act."

On the meeting between President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he said there were "no specific deals, but only discussions".