No one allowed to make state within state: Zardari
ISLMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has made it clear that government writ will be ensured in Swat and tribal areas at any cost and no one will be allowed to establish state within state.
President Asif Zardari said this while presiding over a high level meeting held in Aiwan-e-Sadr to review law and order situation in Swat and tribal areas and pace of development projects.
Besides advisor to prime minister on interior, Rehman A Malik, interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah, members of parliament, provincial ministers and senior officials of law enforcement agencies also attended the meeting.
Well placed sources told Online that President Zardari said development process in Swat areas would be accelerated and full cooperation would be extended to provincial government in this respect. Members of parliament from Swat, ministers and members of provincial assemblies would be taken on board on this matter, he added.
Regarding dialogue with the local Taliban, he said they would have to lay down their arms and no pressure would be accepted in this connection. Incidents including attacks on security forces and kidnapping were not tolerable to government, he underlined.
Grand Jirga would soon be held on Swat situation, he said adding that protection to life and property of the people would be ensured.
The country would not be allowed to be destabilized and it would be made terror free state, he asserted.
Legislators from Swat demanded Zardari to bring an end to the ongoing operation so that the local population could live their lives peacefully.
Kamal Shah briefed the participants about security forces operation in Swat, peace dialogue and law and order situation.