Islamabad, September 7: For the first time Pakistan admits that terrorist bases on its soil is embarrassing for country’s pride. While calling for tougher action against terrorist groups, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad should impose restrictions on the activities of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) to avoid embarrassment on the international level.
He reiterated that Pakistan must put its affairs in order, given that the "entire world is pointing fingers towards us."
Acknowledging the existence of LeT and JeM operating from Pakistan, Asif said, the country needs to bring its house in order to prevent facing embarrassment on the international level.
"I am not making a political statement but telling you a fact we will continue to face such embarrassment till the time we keep our eyes off these militant organisations in our country."
"We need to make a clean break from our past; in 1979, we made a wrong decision and acted like a proxy for the entire next decade. After 9/11, we again made a wrong decision and adopted a war which was never ours. We have bore uncountable losses of lives and properties in this war," he said.
Asif's admission came two days after the BRICS grouping that includes China, for the first time named terror groups like LeT and the JeM among the internationally banned outfits operating from within Pakistan.