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For Pak's peace and stability, defeat militancy: Zardari

January 02, 2009 14:09 IST

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Pakistan's peace and stability are linked to the defeat of militants and terrorists in the country and Islamabad [Images] is in a dialogue with the world community on this, President Asif Ali Zardari [Images] has said.

"Pakistan had been attacked by militants and it is imperative to defeat them for peace and stability in the country," Zardari said.

"The whole nation is a victim of militancy and terrorism and people must join hands for fighting the menace regardless of partisan considerations," he said.

Zardari was addressing the representatives of people displaced by fighting between militants and security forces in the Bajaur tribal region on Thursday.

He said the government is engaged in a dialogue with the world community to defeat the terrorists and economically rebuild the militancy-hit tribal areas.

The president also added that his government is aware of the hardships faced by the displaced people and had drawn up plans for building 'Reconstruction Opportunity Zones' in the tribal areas to speed up development and to provide employment to the youth.

"The government had also made plans for providing compensation to victims of terrorism," he said.

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