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Pak will not allow anyone use of its territory against 3rd country: Zardari

world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 01:17 IST
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President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday declared Pakistan's determination not to allow anyone to use its territory against a third nation against the backdrop of mounting international pressure on his country to dismantle terror infrastructure blamed for attacks on India.

Zardari also raised the Kashmir issue saying meaningful progress towards resolution of the "dispute" is necessary for the durable peace and stability in South Asia and wanted the revival of composite Indo-Pak dialogue.

In his wide ranging address and discourse with British intelligentsia gathered at London’s International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), Zardari said terrorist attacks were also directed against Pakistan's peace process with India.

Zardari, who also anwsered questions, said the non-state actors and supporters of dictatorship have vested interest in fanning conflict in the region.

Extremists and militants who challenge the state and our ideology wherever they may be in Pakistan will be chased and eliminated, the President said.

Reinforcing this commitment to end militancy, the President said, "Let me assure you that we have not come this far at this price, to fail".

Zardari also rejected the blames that were being laid at the door of Pakistan and said "We need active regional co-operation and understanding rather than resorting to blame game."

About future of Indo-Pak dialogue, Zardari said, "Pakistan is convinced that revival of the composite dialogue process is necessary and in the mutual interest of the two countries."