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November 6, 2010

Af-Pak cooperation must: Iftikhar

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November 6, 2010

NOWSHERA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Friday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should avoid blame-game and make concerted efforts to root out terrorism.
“The roots of terrorism are in Afghanistan so both the countries must work together instead of levelling accusations against each other,” he told a gathering of lawyers here. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who is also a spokesman for the provincial government, opposed drone attacks by the US in the tribal areas and said that these were proving counterproductive.
The minister said the judiciary and media enjoyed much more freedom compared to the past. “We have achieved victory over the militants in the battlefield but judicial war is still underway. It is very unfortunate that militants go scot-free without being punished,” he lamented.
The minister hoped that the judiciary would give verdict in favour of democracy, adding that they would accept whatever judgments were made by the courts. On the occasion, he announced a grant of Rs1 million for the lawyers’ body. District Bar Association President Iftikhar Khan, officer-bearers and a large number of lawyers were present on the occasion.

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