Minister for Defence and Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Sunday that the government wanted durable peace with all its neighbours, including India, despite the fact that the latter was supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

Addressing a public meeting in Kingra-Pasrur village along the Sialkot Working Boundary, he said the government was aware of the situation and was committed to eradicating terrorism from the country. He praised the armed forces for their role in curbing militancy, insurgency and terrorism in the country and said the Zarb-i-Azb operation was achieving its objectives and progressing successfully.

He said the nation was united against terrorism and prepared to render sacrifices and fighting militants shoulder-to-shoulder with the armed forces.

Pak Defense Minister: We want durable peace with India

He said Pakistan was playing the role of a frontline state in the fight against terrorism and extremism and establishing durable peace globally.

Solidarity expressed with villagers hit by hostile actions of the Indian border force

The minister expressed solidarity with villagers suffering from the hostile actions of the Indian Border Security Force along the boundary.

He said the government was striving to solve problems of border villages and improve the living standard of people by providing basic amenities.

Earlier, the minister laid the foundation stone of the Government Girls Degree College in the village of Bajra Garhi and inaugurated a project for construction of Sialkot-Kingra Road in tehsil Pasrur.

Khawaja Asif said the government was spending Rs1.20 billion on the projects. Besides, he added, Rs56bn would be spent on the construction of Sialkot-Lahore expressway.

The minister said the government was committed to resolving crises that it had inherited, particularly the energy crisis to put the country on the path of development and economic stability.