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Militants’ hideouts eliminated from Pakistan’s soil, says Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday that Pakistan has paid a huge cost of America’s war in Afghanistan, adding that peace is fast restoring in the country after elimination of 99 percent hideouts of militants from Pakistan’s soil.

Addressing a seminar here today, the interior minister said that after the Afghan war against Soviet Union a tide of terrorism and drugs swept across Pakistan, which was followed by the incident of 9/11, inflicting more losses on the country. Kalashnikov culture and drugs were results of the war, he added.

Besides this, many more issues reared their ugly heads in the country, the Minister said adding that Pakistan is hosting more than three million Afghan refugees.

He further said that Pakistan’s allies introduced the country to Al Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden.

He said Pakistan is more safe and secure today than ever before. Peace is fast restoring in every part of the country as almost all hideouts of militants have been eliminated from the territory of Pakistan, he added.

Interior Minister Iqbal also told the seminar that unemployment has been one of the leading causes of human trafficking. The interior ministry was taking initiatives according to international framework to combat this menace, he added.



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