Pak militants not giving up violence will face military action

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Islamabad, May 9 : Pakistan foreign office has said that holding talks with militants was an essential part of its policy, but the federal government won't hesitate in resorting to military action against those extremists who don't renounce violence.

Foreign Office Spokesman, Muhammad Sadiq said that talks would be held with only those militants who renounced violence and did not use its soil for subversive acts against any other state.

Ruled out the possibility of dropping the option of military action against those militants who refused to shun the path of violence, he said, "the security requirements will not be abandoned or ignored. Negotiations with tribal leaders and notables are aimed at supplementing military efforts with political ones."

"Political engagement is an essential part of our policy but it is possible only with those who renounce militancy and violence, do not allow the use of Pakistan's territory against any other country and do not help foreign terrorist elements to find hideouts in our territory," The Nation quoted Sadiq as saying.

When asked about the construction of dams by India, Sadiq said Pakistan had been pursuing the policy of "energy security" adding that Indus Basin Treaty was very helpful in solving any such problem.

ANI

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