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Pakistan determined to flush out terrorists: Rehman Malik

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 30, IRNA - Interior Minister Rehman Malik has expressed the government's resolve to flush out terrorists from the country at any cost, the official news agency APP reported.

Talking to a private TV channel, Malik said the government will not bow in front of the terrorists and is determined to eliminate them.

Completely rejecting any possibility of holding negotiations with Taliban despite terrorist's willingness, the minister said the Taliban must surrender. He said for the last three weeks he has been receiving different messages from Taliban requesting negotiations.

"Taliban have only two options, surrender or flee from the country. No third option is available to them, as Pakistani forces are hunting them," he said.

Tribesmen have also realized that Taliban are their enemies, they are convinced that Taliban are responsible for tribesmen's woes. Tribes are no more providing them sanctuaries, Malik said.

Taliban are on the run. Their main supply line has already been disrupted. Recently 74 terrorists were captured from Islamabad, he said.

He said Pakistan army in record time completed the operation in Swat against the militants. About 2.5 million displaced people also sent back to their homes with honor.

To a question he said Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to devise a common strategy to cope with the menace of terrorism. The implementation of action plan would be started by second week of December when Afghan cabinet takes over, he added.

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