Islamabad (August 23, 2017): Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that the allegations against Pakistan for having ‘safe havens’ of terrorists was not true.
Talking to newsmen after chairing a meeting at NADRA office in Islamabad, he rejected the accusation that Pakistan was harboring terrorism, saying that Pakistan was itself biggest victims of terrorism.
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He said Pakistan’s sacrifices and contribution against war on terror are matchless.
The Interior Minister said Pakistan was engaged in fight against terror not to please or dismay any country but to safeguard its own interests.
To a question about former President General Musharraf, the minister said that if an elected Prime Minister can be punished then why a dictator cannot be held accountable.
Referring to former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the interior minister said that he can give interviews to TV channels but cannot appear before the court [where he is facing charges of treason, among others].
The government has been directly and indirectly criticising the ‘unfair’ treatment meted out to the country’s last military ruler after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28.
Talking to the media after a visit to the NADRA headquarters, Iqbal said that no country in the world has sacrificed as much as Pakistan in fighting terrorism.Iqbal said that Pakistan’s commitment to battling terrorism does not require validation by any other country.
“Pakistan has and will continue to work with the international community for eliminating terrorism,” he added.
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The Foreign Office yesterday in a statement reiterated the same after United States President Donald Trump announced his strategy for the region on Tuesday, harshly criticising Pakistan for providing a safe haven to “agents of chaos”.
He said that Pakistan was a peaceful country and for a propitious future we need peace not only inside our borders but in the entire region.
He added that economic progress was not possible without peace.
He said for this purpose, Pakistan is making endeavours in collaboration with other countries and the international community.