Islamabad, Aug 16 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that foreign militants, especially from Chechnya and Uzbekistan, wanted to destabilise Pakistan, but, he added, his government would establish its writ at every cost.
He said that a stern action against the militants was essential.
Gilani said Pakistan was envisioned free of terrorism and extremism by the government, and that a political dialogue with all the stakeholders would be initiated for the purpose.
He termed poverty as the prime reason for instability in the Tribal Areas. "The terrorists exploit and use the poor people for their objectives," the Daily Times quoted him as saying while responding to a question from the National Assembly.
Gilani said the Army high command had held a briefing for the members of parliament belonging to the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) for consulting them on possible operations against militants in the area.
He gave the assurance that the federal government would fully co-operate with the provincial administration to resolve the issues of displaced people in Bajaur and other Tribal Areas.