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Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said Pakistan is fully cognizant of its defense but will not indulge in arms race.

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is capable to defend its frontiers and will continue to fulfill its defense needs. The Prime Minister's Advisor said India had suspended the talks and resumed them herself. He said the resumption of dialogue between the two countries will help deescalate situation at the line of control. Saying that Pakistan will not allow its land to be used against Afghanistan, he said operation Zarb-e-Azb is successfully underway against the terrorists. He said Pakistan's ties with Afghanistan have considerably improved and an atmosphere of trust has also built between the two states.

 

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has said India must shun aggression at borders as it is imperative to the success of talks between the two countries.

Talking to newsmen in Sialkot, Khwaja Asif stated that India is constantly committing border violations and increase in defense budget is evident of it's aggressive designs. Khawaja Asif said there has been no sincere effort from Indian side to hold dialogue for the resolution of border issues for the last six months . He said nation stands united behind its valiant armed forces for the defense of motherland.

 

Former President Asif Ali Zardari has said PPP has no objection over electoral reforms but will soon issue a white paper over the rigging in previous polls.

Addressing a joint news conference with Maulana Fazal ur Rehman in Islamabad, Zardari said PPP and JUI-F are on the same page on election reforms. He stated that the white paper will unveil the faulty election process of the past and help to form future reforms. Earlier, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman held a meeting with former President Asif Ali Zardari.

 

2 terrorists of a banned militant organization were killed in a clash with FC personnel in Lehri area of Sibbi.

According to FC spokesman 4 FC personnel were also injured during the clash.

 

Process of repatriation of internally displaced persons of South Waziristan will start from 16th of this month.

Political agent Nawab Khan Saafi said that registration of IDPs will be held between 8th to 11th of March at registration center set up at tank. Ten thousand rupees and a mobile phone sim will be given to each returning family while twenty five thousand rupees will be given on reaching South Waziristan. Thousands of people of South Waziristan were displaced in the wake of operation Zarb e Azb carried out by Pakistan Army to flush out terrorists from the area.

 
 
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