Gilani rules out dialogue with militants, extremists
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday ruled out any dialogue with militants and extremists, saying people wanted peace to be restored by eliminating terrorists.
Gilani said the Pakistan Army is taking decisive action against terrorists in the tribal belt and other areas and the time had come to crush terrorists rather than holding dialogue with them.
"This is not the time for dialogue with militants and extremists," he said, adding the entire nation wanted peace to be restored by eliminating terrorists forever.
The military operations in Swat and Malakand division had entered a "decisive phase" and would soon be completed, he said.
Gilani was responding to a question from reporters about Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Fazlur Rehman's statement about holding talks with the Taliban. Gilani spoke to media after offering prayers at the grave of scholar Sarfraz Naeemi, who was killed in a recent suicide attack.
He said Rehman was a coalition partner of the Pakistan People's Party-led government but his comment on holding talks with the Taliban reflected his personal views.
"In my view, those elements who are against Pakistan are terrorists," he said, adding such elements "have no religion, beliefs and geographic boundaries".