Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday informed the Senate that Pakistan is taking action against all the terrorist groups without any discrimination, including Haqqani network.

“Our policy towards all militants and their networks, including the Haqqani network is quite clear. We will fight them wherever they are and will never tolerate their presence on our soil,”  he said while giving policy statement on a motion moved by Taj Haider and others about the implications of the statement of chairman US armed services committee in Kabul soon after his visit to Pakistan.

He said, this was being done in our national interest and this policy was not dependent on attitudinal change of any country.

The adviser clarified, “We remain convinced that Pak-US cooperation is a pre-requisite to achieve lasting peace in the region and we have conveyed that the end-state for both US and Pakistan is a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that has no ungoverned spaces from where terrorists plan and carry out attacks on a third country. McCain is also of the view that Pak-US relations is more important than ever before.”

On the issue of Haqqani network, the visiting US delegation was told that since 2013, the present government through operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ had destroyed terrorist networks across the country including the tribal areas, he said.

Sartaj Aziz said the delegation was taken to Wana, south Waziristan, to see for themselves the outcome of these operations.

The US delegation was briefed about Pakistan’s efforts to secure the borders through fencing and enhanced surveillance, he added.

“However, we also informed them of the fact that more than three million Afghan refugees lived and worked in Pakistan and to identify every operational level elements hostile to Pak-Afghan interests was not always possible. We therefore emphasized the safe return of refugees at the earliest,” he said.