ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Friday categorically announced that it would not allow any foreign troops to operate inside Pakistan and only its own forces would be allowed to take action against the outlaws or the militants on its soil. Concluding a two-day debate on foreign policy, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured the Upper House that PPP-led coalition government had initiated a dialogue with the militants in the tribal region to restore peace. "We want to follow the path of negotiations to sort out a permanent solution of the problem but talks would not be held with those who do not denounce militancy," Qureshi maintained. Earlier, taking part in the debates, Senators S M Zafar, Nisar A Memon, Javed Ashraf Qazi, Dr Ismail Buledi, Gul Naseeb Khan, Sadia Abbasi, and Fauzia Fakhruz Zaman suggested the government to revisit the policy and make it more realistic, so that the country image is restored.    Qureshi ruled out the use of force but the priority is to win hearts and minds of the people in the tribal belt. "The new government's peace move was taken positive in the west and the US supported our policy to tackle the issue", he claimed. While responding to the concerns of some of the senators, he, however, made it clear that no outside force, including that of the US, would be allowed to take any 'hot pursuit' within Pakistan's territory and said exclusively Pakistan forces would carry operations within the country's borders. On the issue of bargaining with US, Qureshi said they were out of the scene during the last 11 years and their predecessors did bargain that might be good or bad is evident from the prevailing situation. He claimed that their government was giving top priority to the national interests. "We will not sell our national interests," he affirmed. Qureshi kept on saying, "We want peace and economic stability and the improvement in the country's deterrence will be made to avoid any outside aggression. We want to take Parliament into confidence on each and every international issue." He also said the country is facing more internal challenges than external and they have to build national consensus to cope with the situation. "If there is internal unity, then we could face external challenges too", he said.  Qureshi spelled out his government's priorities vis-a-vis foreign policy. He apprised the house of overall outlook of the policy, relations with India, Kashmir issue, war on terror, economic diplomacy, Pak-US cooperation, regional integration, Pak-China relations, countering anti-Muslims propaganda in certain quarters of the western world. On the issue of Kashmir, the minister reaffirmed that they would not backtrack from the national stance on the issue, however, PPP government wanted to resolve the issue peacefully according to the wishes of Kashmiri people. Pakistan and India will continue negotiations under the agreed composite dialogue that was hit snags in the recent past. "We will speed up the process and had already started work on the issue to make the region a peace-loving one to end poverty, hunger and ignorance. The government also considered to improve the life of the people lives in the Kashmir region at the moment," he maintained. He was of the view that both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and they could not afford war, as it would be a suicidal on part of both sides. So talking of another war should be closed. On UN probe into PPP leader Benazir's assassination, Foreign Minister affirmed to formally invite UN team for investigations into the matter. "Why some of our friends are worried that it could create trouble for the country or just they knew "some faces" would be uncovered," he reminded. He said that the country was having a strong mechanism of nuclear control and command and no one needed to be worried on the nukes issue. "We will fully protect our nukes and no one will be allowed to even look at our nuclear programme with bad intentions. It is our duty and how one expect from us, whose party founder, the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, laid foundation of the programme," he asserted. "Pakistan will continue its nuclear programme for the peaceful purposes and we want to complete our Chasma 2, 3 and even 4 to meet our energy requirements" Qureshi said. On nuclear proliferation issue, he said that this chapter has been closed forever. While reviewing the overall foreign policy, he said the new government has planned to work out 5 years development plan and under the plan, two separate task forces have been set up to make the foreign policy more practical and acceptable according to the wishes of the people of the country. "One task force is reviewing as how to improve Pakistan's image and what we need to improve our policy while the second task force is aiming at targeting economic diplomacy, which means how to availing and creating economic and trade opportunities around the glob and at the regional level", he said. He also said that they would look towards the East instead of having total reliance on the West and take active part in different Asian regional fora.                  Mentioning Sino-Pak relations, Foreign Minister said, "China is our all weather friend and we will further strengthen our friendship and expand its scope to increase the economic cooperation between the two countries. Our bilateral trade and economic cooperation did not reflect our long-standing friendship based on several decades that needed to be addressed," he said. On the issue of appointment of the former US commander of the infamous Guantenamo Bay Prison, Jay Hood in the Islamabad Embassy, Foreign Minister assured the house that they had communicated their concerns to the respective quarters to review the decision. "If our request was not heard, we will use other options of even banning Hood's thoughts and entry into the country," he announced.  On the issue of Iran nuclear programme, he declared that Pakistan fully support Iran and its nuclear programme for positive purposes and Islamabad would never back any foreign aggression on Iran. "We have good brotherly relations and we would improve it by concluding the Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline project on war footing. We don't care about any opposition from anywhere", he asserted and added the project is almost ready. He also expressed his good wishes for its neighbour, Afghanistan, and said that Pakistan want peace in the region. "The politics of blame-game should end forever," he stated, adding, "I will go soon to Kabul to convey the message of friendship and close the chapter of hatred."