LAHORE - Editor-in-Chief daily The Nation Majid Nizami has asked the government to initiate dialogue with Taliban instead of launching military operation against them. He said that land offensive and drone attacks had proved counter-productive, left a number of villages destroyed, and thus leading to the creation of more suicide bombers. He was addressing a ceremony organised by Majlis-e-Pakistan to pay tributes to his journalistic services here on Wednesday. Nizami stated that Pakistan was an atomic power and it should not tolerate Indian aggression silently, adding that certain people were of the view that I favored an atomic war, it is not true, but it is the order of Allah Almighty that we keep your 'horses (atom bombs) ready for a war against our traditional arch-rival. He said when India became a nuclear power, it was he, who then forced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to carry out nuclear tests to give a befitting reply to India. He alleged that India had evolved a stratagem to turn Pakistan into a desert, and it was under this plan that it had been constructing 62 dams on our rivers. Our rulers are slaves to the US, which instead of solving the very matter is patronising India, Nizami maintained. The Pakistani delegation, comprising Commander-in-Chief and Foreign Minister, which was currently in the US for strategic talks, should not sign such an agreement with America which could benefit India and push Pakistan into hot waters, he averred. Nizami remarked that he always demanded of the rulers to talk to India in a blunt way, but none of them did so, as they were afraid of American anger. Though these rulers even left the rule, but they did not dare to talk to India for our national rights, he observed and opined if we wanted to live honorably we would have to do so. Regarding his professional carrier, Majid Nizami shared that he never did any other job than journalism in his life. He said he was fully aware of journalism and had passed through the thick and thin. Every ruler tried to ban advertisement of my newspapers including Nawaz Sharif, but they survived without any compromise with these rulers, he recalled. Former slain Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan had awarded me with a sword and title of Mujahid-e-Pakistan, the exuberant Nizami said. Speaking on the occasion, columnist Ashraf Azeem said that Majid Nizami was the person who always tried his best to keep Pakistan on the right track. Shahid Malik said that Pakistan was not a failed state, as we learn from history that centuries were required for formation of any nation. Jamil Athar said that Nizami was perpetually safeguarding Islamic values and ideology of Pakistan. Ch Manzor said that America used to force Pakistan in past, but now the US had no other choice available than dialogues. I am quite hopeful for bright future of Pakistan. The time is near when people from all over the world will desire to be a citizen of Pakistan, he added. Later, Majlis-e-Pakistan President and columnist of Nawa-i-Waqt Mohammad Rafiq Ghori presented a bouquet to Majid Nizami.