No more sanctuary to Afghan Taliban: Pak

No more sanctuary to Afghan Taliban: Pak

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi

''We are clear we have to deal with all elements that are challenging the writ of the government and making Pakistan or other places insecure,'' Qureshi told the Sunday Times.

"We don't want our soil, our national territory, to be used against anyone."

Qureshi also said they are "no more differentiating between good terrorists and bad terrorists."

"They've created havoc, made our environment insecure, and wherever they are, we'll take them on," he said.

Asked specifically if this would include Mullah Omar and his Quetta shura, which runs the Afghan Taliban, the minister replied: "Absolutely, we'll be taking them on."

Taliban militants yesterday struck at government buildings in the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan with suicide bombs, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, wounding 14 people, and provoking fears of a bloody election campaign.

At least three suicide bombers blew themselves up during the onslaught, which began in the early afternoon near a US military base, the report said.

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