| GEO Pakistan|
| Iftikhar urges militants to lay down arms for talks|
| Updated at: 2020 PST, Tuesday, May 11, 2010|
NOWSHEHRA: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said Tuesday that talks could be held with militants only if they accepted the writ of state by laying down their arms.
Speaking at a seminar here, he said there was no room for a military operation in Kala Dhaka at this time. He, however, warned that action would be taken if militants were found hiding there.
He said, “Faisal Shahzad hails from Kyber Pakhtunkhwa and if he is involved in terrorism, deserves stern punishment.”
To a question, he said that the threat of dire consequences issued against Pakistan was not given by the US policymaking body but a personal opinion of an individual.
Hussain said that talks with militants were possible if they laid down arms.