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'Pak determined to pursue drive against Taliban to finish'

world Updated: Jun 01, 2009 21:40 IST

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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the military offensive against the Taliban was a "total war" and the government was determined to pursue the campaign against the militants to the finish.

Zardari, who co-chaired a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to review the security situation in the wake of operations against the Taliban in Swat and nearby areas, expressed satisfaction at the success achieved in the campaign against militancy.

The war against militancy is a "total war and each and every section of society must rise to the occasion to defeat the mindset that creates and nurtures militancy", Zardari said. The nation cannot afford to lose the war for the sake of its own survival, he added.

While the government is determined to pursue the campaign against militants to the finish, it is also working on a plan to strengthen the capacity of law-enforcing agencies, Zardari remarked.

He was quoted by presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar as saying that "the day was not far when militants would be so crippled that they will pose no threat to the people and the country".

Zardari said half the war "was to subdue and defeat the militants militarily and half of the war was to win the hearts and minds of the internally displaced persons".