LONDON - President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan is to extend its war on the Taliban beyond Swat deep into the tribal belt including Waziristan. In an interview with the Sunday Times, President Zardari disclosed that Pakistan army was planning to open new fronts for operations in Waziristan and Darra Adam Khel after Swat. We are going to go into Waziristan, all these regions, with army operations. Swat is just the start. Its a larger war to fight. Pakistan would need billions of pounds in military assistance and aid for up to 1.7m refugees, the biggest movement of people since the countrys split from India in 1947". President appealed for $1 billion in aid for refugees. If we are to win the hearts and minds of these people we need to be able to relocate them back into civil society, rebuild their houses and give them interest-free loans to restart their businesses, he said, warning, If we dont they will turn against the government and we will lose the impetus weve managed to create in the country against the Taliban. President Zardari insisted that the army was committed to defeating the Taliban and cited the causalities to prove his point. I think the casualties speak for that, the displacement speaks for that. He claimed that officers sympathetic to the militants had been purged and expressed his confidence in the army. Im confident the army perceives the Taliban as much of a national threat as we do, adding that the ongoing war could not be won only on the battlefield. You also have to fight it on the economic front - you have to offer something to the youth. Zardari said, Just as Benazir Bhutto used to say, I know when I go back home theres an assassins bullet waiting for me, its the same for me. It is the most difficult job in the world. But I suppose I asked for it. When asked how do his three children Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Asifa feel about the risk of losing him as they lost their mother he replied that they were courageous. I think they are brave children. They have brave genes. Shes made them grow up realising life is not just about yourself, but to live for a larger cause. But added hastily, I am not wanting to leave the world so soon. I want to stand and fight, and make sure I make a difference in my life. The President defended the Swat peace deal, saying he did not hand over any thing. You wont catch me handing anything over. The provincial government had already signed the agreement and I just passed it to parliament, and they signed it. Zardari still insists the peace deal was the right move because it exposed Sufi Muhammad for what he was. Dismissing the reports that the country might even break up, in a repeat of 1971 when East Pakistan seceded to become Bangladesh he said, Since the day it was created, people have thought we wouldnt succeed, and, Right at the beginning, people said Pakistan would not last more than 30 years. But we managed to survive, though of course half of it we managed to break ourselves. What we have got, we intend to keep. President Zardari was clear in stating that he wanted drones accompanied by transfer of technology so as to manufacture them at home and use them himself. His insistence is important, as there are reports that last week for the first time, the US shared surveillance data collected by drones with Pakistan but the co-operation is unlikely to go further. And President Zardari has asked for them to fly under Pakistani auspices. If the British police carry out an action here thats one thing, but imagine if the Australian police came in, the British people would not stand for it. Thats the situation I am trying to make them understand. President Zardari foes on further and said after the military operation, the government needs to send police to be able holding the area. Previously Swat had 1,500 police, which was all they needed. Now they need 15,000 and specially designed police stations because the new weapon is a bicycle ramming into your police station and the whole police station falls on your head. Zardari did not forget to points out to a harsh reality that it was hard to recruit when the Taliban were paying fighters almost five times the average $50 a month paid to a local policeman. We need to ask the world to support our economy so I can pay my police at least $350 a month and provide death insurance for their families. Also I need equipment - bullet-proof vests for everyone, jackets, shoes, helmets, modern technology. He made the point clear that tackling the militants was not possible without well-equipped and trained forces for counterinsurgency.