Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks abroad, days after his government began a crackdown against Islamist militant organisations.
Addressing a public meeting in Tharparkar district of Sindh, Khan accused the previous governments of endorsing terrorism in the country, asserting that no action was taken against the banned individuals and outfits.
He further said that the National Action Plan (NAP) for countering terrorism and extremism was taken seriously after his government came to power.
While calling for peace with India, Khan warned Pakistan would retaliate in case of any “aggression” by the neighbouring country.
The existing tension between India and Pakistan worsened after a Pakistan-based terror organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) carried out a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, claiming lives of 40 jawans of Indian armed force. India, in a retaliatory action, carried out air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.
“We want peace and not war. But no one should remain mistaken. Pakistan is awake. Any aggression or misadventure by India will receive a befitting reply. We are ready to fight till our last breath,” the Pakistan PM said.
“Agar aapko lagta hai ki Pakistanio ka khun karke aap election jeetenge to aisi galat faimy mei mat rehna. Aap kuch bhi karoge uspe jawabi karwayei hogi (if you think that you will win elections by killing Pakistanis, you should not be in that mistaken notion. If you do anything, there will be an answer to it),” he added.
Amid mounting diplomatic pressure to act against terrorism, Pakistan has been claiming that it has launched a crackdown on banned terror groups.
On Thursday, Pakistan’s Punjab government took control of headquarters of banned terror organisations, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat (FIF), news agency ANI reported.