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War on terror to continue: Musharraf

While expressing concern at the situation in Waziristan, the Pak President said that the war on terror will continue.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 12:49 IST

The war on terror will continue, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said while expressing concern at the situation in Waziristan.

Addressing a tribal jirga (assembly) of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and Frontier Regions at the Governor's House, Peshawar, he said tribal elders through their traditional system should supplement government efforts to bring peace to the Waziristan area.

Musharraf said if tribals succeeded in expelling foreign terrorists and eliminating extremism, the government could withdraw the army from the area.

He said foreign terrorists were not the well-wishers of tribals but were following their own agenda, which was a threat to the country.

He said these people had damaged the image of Islam and Pakistan. The president said Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance, and taught the path of moderation to its followers.

Expressing concern over the spread of extremism, Musharraf said, "It leads to increased militancy." He said no one has the right to impose his ideas on others. He said the government was committed to eliminating both the menaces.

First Published: Apr 27, 2006 12:12 IST