Pakistan needs to review internal security and terrorism policies: FM Bilawal.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said that Pakistan perhaps needed to review its internal security policies and decisions in the wake of rising terrorist incidents and protests against them.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Bilawal said the residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Waziristan had always supported peace and confronted terrorism.

'Obviously if they feel, right or wrong, that terrorists are returning, they are protesting which is their right. Our responsibility as the government and the state is to ensure peace, rule of law and the state's writ.

'I suggested to one of the questions before you that perhaps it is time for an in-camera internal review on decisions regarding terrorism and internal security,' the foreign minister said.

To a later question about war or negotiation being the only methods available to deal with the banned militant Tehreek-i-Taliban group, FM Bilawal said: 'I never think it is as easy as black and white - either war or negotiations.'

He said he had a 'different approach' to the issue from the previous government's decisions in the past regarding it.

'At this moment too I think that it will be necessary for us to internally review this policy [of black and white] and I don't think there's anything wrong in admitting we were wrong in some things and right in other things and reexamining our approach and recalibrating the way that we deal with this issue in the context of the developments in our region.'

The foreign minister said there was a significant increase in terrorist attacks after regional changes in the past year or so, pointing to the Karachi University attack and numerous incidents in KP.

Bilawal said there was a need again for a consensus on tackling this new wave of terrorism, suggesting again that an in-camera review was needed of state policy towards terrorism.

'We can't afford a return to the dangerous days of terrorism.'

Chaman border attack

Questioned about the Chaman border attack and the Foreign Office's response to it, the foreign minister said that his ministry uses 'diplomatic language' when addressing any issue.

Elaborating on the situation, he said that the border was closed despite not wanting to because of the 'terrorist incident'. 'We condemn whichever group is involved in terrorism and expect our neighbouring country will take appropriate action against them,' FM Bilawal added.

On Afghanistan, Bilawal said Pakistan did not want to take a 'solo...

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