ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Thursday said that the process of dialogue and terrorism could not go hand-in-hand. Talking to a private news channel, he said that the doors were open for those who believed in peace and dialogue, and shunned the path of violence. Those Taliban groups, who were willing for dialogue, should isolate themselves from those involved in terrorist activities and violence, the minister emphasised. He said that they would be paid back in their own coin, adding that armed forces had every right to defend themselves and respond to the terrorists with full might, who were slitting the throats of the soldiers. He further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also directed the security forces to give a befitting reply in their defence to the terrorists. 

Published in The Nation newspaper on 21-Feb-2014