Pakistan says it could use military force to help ensure militants do
not use its territory to launch attacks on other countries, especially
The statement by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday is seen as the strongest stance his new government has taken on militants operating in Pakistan's lawless northwest.
Mr. Gilani said Pakistan would use a multi-pronged approach to fight
extremism and terrorism. He said tribal elders will be responsible for
expelling foreign fighters.
Afghanistan says Pakistan is not doing enough to stop cross-border
attacks. It has threatened to send troops into Pakistan to fight
Taliban militants there. Pakistan has denounced the threat.
Also today, pro-Taliban extremists in northwestern Pakistan killed 22
members of a pro-government tribe. The victims were among a group of
tribesmen kidnapped by extremists earlier this week during a raid on
the town of Jandola.
The Pakistani government initiated low-level talks with pro-Taliban
militants after taking power earlier this year. But the new approach
has failed to stop militant attacks on Afghanistan, and in Pakistan.
In another part of Pakistan's northwest, officials said pro-Taliban
forces burned down at least five girls' schools in the Swat region.
They said militants also took over another girls' school in the region.