[post_id] => 132051
    [title] => Military authorised to act against terrorists 'inside and outside the country,' says Dar
    [slug] => Military-authorised-to-act-against-terrorists-inside-outside-the-country-says-Dar
    [excerpt] => The minister warns that if other states did not act against terrorists then Pakistan will itself have to act for its security
    [description] => 

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the military leadership has been authorised to act against terrorists both "inside and outside the country".

The statement by a senior minister comes days after Pakistani forces first conducted surgical strikes on terrorist sanctuaries across the Pak-Afghan border on February 18, following a week of deadly terrorist attacks in the country in which over 100 people were killed. 

The Pakistani military has since pounded militant camps across the border at least twice, leaving scores of terrorists dead, who were attempting to regroup.

Speaking to newsmen here, the minister said that Pakistan, for the sake of its safety and security, will not allow its soil to be used against any country.

"Military leadership has been given authority to take action against terrorists both inside and outside the country," he said.

“We have credible evidences that foreign countries are involved in terrorism within Pakistan,” Dar said. “They are financing terrorism, controlling and executing it.”

He added: “foreign hands were involved in the Lahore and Peshawar`s Hayatabad incident.”

Friday's strikes across the Afghan border were conducted hours after Afghan embassy officials were summoned to the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, where they were handed over a list of 76 terrorists orchestrating terrorist activities in Pakistan from Afghan soil.

Pakistan has repeatedly warned Afghan authorities to prevent the use of their soil for terror activities in Pakistan.

"Those countries had better to act against terrorists themselves," Dar said, without naming Afghanistan, where from a number of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan had reportedly been coordinated.

He warned that if other states did not act against terrorists operating on their soil then Pakistan will itself have to act for the sake of its security.

“There are terrorist training camps near Pakistan`s northern border, if NATO is not taking action what are we then supposed to do. There is no ambiguity Pakistan`s civil and military forces are on the same page and we will put this matter to logical end.”

Earlier this week, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a telephonic conversation with US General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan conveying his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan, the ISPR said in a statement.

"Most of the incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with leadership hiding in Afghanistan," Gen Bajwa told US General John Nicholson.

"The COAS said that such terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our current policy of cross-border restraint," the ISPR said in a statement.

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