By Imtiaz Shah, Correspondent
Larkana, March 1 - President Pervez Musharraf, facing criticism from some
"People have come from outside. These people should leave [
Musharraf's comments on the presence of foreign militants on
Cheney expressed US apprehensions of regrouping of Al Qaida in the tribal areas, called for concreted efforts in countering the threat, and pressed Gen Musharraf to be more aggressive in hunting down Al Qaida operatives.
The use of Pakistani territory by the Taliban and Al Qaida has soured Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. Some Afghan leaders have accused
Islamabad says it does all it can and struck a deal with pro-Taliban rebels in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan under which the militants agreed to stop raids in both Pakistan and across the border.
"They have all come and are living in our mountains and spreading terrorism not just in
"I want to say, taking benefit of this occasion [public meeting in Larkana] that these people are putting
Hundreds of Pakistani troops and rebels have been killed in the Waziristan region as the government tries to establish its authority over the semi-autonomous tribal areas along the border with
Musharraf said Islam is a religion of peace, harmony and tolerance and there is no place for extremist and terrorist tendencies in the religion.
"We have to check such tendencies, otherwise the country will not be able to move on to the path of progress and development," he added.
He dismissed the use of the concept of "jihad" by extremists and said it was only the prerogative of the government and not individuals to use it.
"We want moderation, we are strong Muslims and fully understand our obligations and responsibilities," he said, asking the people not to vote for extremist elements in the next general election, which is expected to be held next year. Gulfnews