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Military offensive to continue till all extremists rooted out : Zardari

Islamabad, July 2 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the military offensive against the Taliban would continue until all the extremists are rooted out from the country.

“The fight against militancy and terrorism will end with the complete elimination of militants,” Zardari said during a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani here.

The meeting was organized to discuss the overall security condition in the country and rehabilitation of displaced people, who have been rendered homeless due to the ongoing Swat military offensive.

“The government will now focus on the safe return of IDPs to their homes,” The Daily Times quoted Zardari, as saying.

During the meeting, General Kayani briefed Zardari and Gilani both over the future course of action in Swat, and the planned military action against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan, sources said.

Kayani also briefed Gilani on his recent visits to France, Germany and Russia.(ANI)

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