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Militants not dangerous to Pakistan should not be targeted: Sartaj

Updated Nov 18, 2014 01:28am


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Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. -File/Reuters
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. -File/Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on Monday said that Pakistan should not target militants who do not threaten the country’s security.

“Why should America’s enemies unnecessarily become our enemies,” Sartaj Aziz said during an interview with BBC Urdu.

"When the United States attacked Afghanistan, all those that were trained and armed were pushed towards us.

“Some of them were dangerous for us and some are not. Why must we make enemies out of them all?,” he said when speaking about the Haqqani Network.

He further said that the Afghan Taliban are Afghanistan’s problem and Haqqani Network is a part of it.

“It’s the job of the Afghan government to negotiate with them...We can try to convince them, however things are not the same as they were in the nineties,” Aziz said.

When speaking about COAS Raheel Sharif’s visit to the United States, the adviser to the PM said that relations between Pakistan and the US are improving.


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sky Nov 18, 2014 01:23am

now this is called a brave reply........v-good big bro....

ali Nov 18, 2014 01:26am

Today they are no threat to Pakistan but tomorrow they maybe, so they should all be taken care off.

Nisar Nov 18, 2014 01:26am

100% agree with him, Why shall we make enemies of the Afghan Taliban and other groups which have never wished harm on Pakistan.

Nisar Nov 18, 2014 01:27am

The US has the same policy, if its in the US interest, then they your friends, the US wont make enemies of anyone just because others say so, they look after No.1 and Pakistan should do the same.

sudhakar Nov 18, 2014 01:29am

Wow! In 2014 after so much havoc wreaked by the terrorists of all hues on the world and Pakistan over the decades, this guy elucidates publicly the state policy of playing good taliban and bad taliban. No wonder Pakistan is where it is today.

Sandip Nov 18, 2014 01:29am

Ha! Ha! Ha! So the double-game continues.

Candid1 Nov 18, 2014 01:32am

Because all militants are dangerous to Pakistan! How can any country be safe and secure if there are armed groups roaming around that are beyond the control of the country? Has this senile forgotten that it is illegal to have private militias in Pakistan? If the militants were pushed into Pakistan by America, then push them back into Afghanistan, and if you cannot do it then let the Americans come and do it and stop complaining about the drones. I cannot beleive that a government official, and such a senior one at that, can make such a foolish statement. He should be fired immediately.

ghanshyam Nov 18, 2014 01:34am

Allah save Pakistan !

kamal Nov 18, 2014 01:34am

Looks like you never learn, snakes are always snakes, they will ultimately bite you. Better learn and oppose all the militants or they will swallow you. There are no good terrorists in the world.

anony Nov 18, 2014 01:35am

Well said Sartaj.

Satyameva Jayate Nov 18, 2014 01:41am

HaHa. The circus continues :) GHQ: We are acting against ALL terrorists - Good and Bad. GOP: Why should we act against the terrorists who do not harm Pak. Who is right???

ashfaq1 Nov 18, 2014 01:41am

This is an outlandish statements. If bad guys are training in our backyard then we should leave them alone as long as they are not targeting us. I thought Gen Sharif said they are eliminating terrorists of all hue and shades. Confusing statement

Nadeem Nov 18, 2014 01:43am

After a long long time very objective, logical and clear stance taken by Pakistani Foreign Office; Another conflict with US ahead but yes enough is enough; Pakistan need to break the shackles; may be this is right time or not but yes it was inevitable. Well Done PML(N).

Jadoo Nov 18, 2014 01:45am

Dangerous or not dangerous, we must get rid of ALL of them. We no longer can carry the burden of them on our backs if we have to forge ahead. Time has come to jettison them- forever.

Abbas khan Nov 18, 2014 01:46am

He is age mate of Qaim Ali Shah and his statements have also the same touch !!!

Syed Nov 18, 2014 01:55am

First time a sensible statement from NAwaz govt.

Neeraj Nov 18, 2014 01:57am

Congratulations Pakistan!

A proud Paki Nov 18, 2014 01:58am

Go bury your head in the sand Mr. Aziz. You are completely wrong and it is same dangerous mentality from past three decades continuing.

telveer Nov 18, 2014 01:59am

Mr Sartaj - there are no "good" terrorists! Because of this kind of mindset, Pakistan is becoming a haven to terrorists

MSAlvi Nov 18, 2014 02:01am

Sartaj Aziz is talking some thing entirely new. Why didn't he mention this ever before?

Pacifica Nov 18, 2014 02:03am

Still trying to distinguish the "good" terrorists from the "bad" terrorists, I see. I thought the new COAS had realised that all terrorists needed to be eliminated but it appears that may not be the case.

Seedo Nov 18, 2014 02:04am

You would not be asked to eliminate them if you did not provide them with safe heavens. If Haqqani network is Afghanistan's problem, then why do they enjoy sanctuaries in Pakistan? This sick mentality of these bureaucrats is the cause of all of Pakistan's problems. Trying to differentiate between good Talibans and bad, good militants and bad militants. Today they are not attacking Pakistan, tomorrow they will be. What would you say then?

How many times does history have to repeat itself before we learn something from it?

numbersnumbers Nov 18, 2014 02:04am

Wow, so Good Taliban "friendly militant" Assets like the Haqqani are OK with Pakistan since they only murder people in neighboring countries!! Like to hear Pakistan's justification for that mindset at the UN!

Abhinav Nov 18, 2014 02:04am

Such statements are unfortunate ... when will sane Pakistani brothers take charge and rise against such evils?

Sandip Bhattacharya Nov 18, 2014 02:05am

“Why should America’s enemies unnecessarily become our enemies,” Sames goes for “Why should India’s enemies unnecessarily become our enemies,”

Abhishek Nov 18, 2014 02:08am

Not dangerous today...can be dangerous tomorrow....USA learnt it the hard way when the Mujaheedeens trained and armed by US during the Soviet invasion turned against it (911). Extremism of thought (militancy) has no place in democracies where you can overthrow your rulers through election.

Who knows if Kashmir's militants/ freedom fighters/ terrorists will not use the training to fight Pak army in near future. Don't trust an angry man with a gun....if he is really motivated he will join the disciplined Army of the country he supports.

Hillary's metaphor of snake in the backyard is 100% right. Beware. You can't use nukes against militants.....because they are within Pakistan. Arise, awake and stop not till the menace is over!

Malik Nov 18, 2014 02:10am

So this is exactly the government policy ..........we have not been able to define enemies and friends, and keep rearing snakes in the backyard. Good signal to the world sir....anything else you guys can do to lower the national esteem?

Shawn Nov 18, 2014 02:11am

Good Terrorist and Bad Terrorist strategy. Good for Pakistan!!!

Md Imran Nov 18, 2014 02:12am

I agree 200%. Why should we pick up fights with those who have helped us in the past and will help us in future ? This war on terror unnecessarily pegged one brother against another. We as ummah are one. There can be minor differences between brothers but we are one against enemies. Pakistan must not further alienate its brothers who have lost path for the sake of someone else.

kareem Nov 18, 2014 02:13am

Policy of good terrorist bad terrorist has been a failure. Haqqani network has brought afghan war inside Pakistan.

Nuur Nov 18, 2014 02:13am

Not many people have the knowledge of ground realities to understand this, but this is an excellent statement and we don't see such competitiveness and bravery from this administration. Well done Mr. Sartaj, good on you!

Concerned Nov 18, 2014 02:19am

The learned advisor to PM should know violence begets violence. This policy has already resulted in enormous bloodshed which at the end engulfs everyone no matter which side you are on.

Aly khan Nov 18, 2014 02:20am

Militant is a militant. Please don't distinguish otherwise this will be mistaken and encourage people to be militant. It will only be a moment of time that they will exploit and attack innocents in the name of Islam

Saad Z Nov 18, 2014 02:25am

I do kinda agree with him on this, however we must make our efforts to not let militants not threat to us become serious threat to other countries.

Prasad Nov 18, 2014 02:29am

Honest statement! But therein lies the dilemma for Pakistan... how to ensure that those who are not harmful to Pakistan (at least at face value) are not colluding with the ones who are causing the harm? How do you differentiate between two parties who use similar means towards similar end-goals and say that one is acceptable while other is not? More importantly, how do you protect your country from the regressive vision of Taliban in general?

bywatcher Nov 18, 2014 02:29am

Grand applause. We expect this from security adviser. Probably he can ask all the militants to answer in writing about their faith and affiliation to constitution Pakistan. All are good guys, why they would lie to their beloved motherland.

Shakil Khan Nov 18, 2014 02:29am

Damn who made this deadman to a diplomatic post?

Mohsin Nov 18, 2014 02:31am

Once you create Frankenstein then no one is safe

GA Nov 18, 2014 02:36am

No sensible nation state allows militants to operate on its soil and run a parallel government. As we have learned the hard way that if you play with matches you will eventually get burnt. Time to disarm all militants and establish writ of the state.

Anas Nov 18, 2014 02:37am

This is the advice being given to the PM....amazing

Radiohead Nov 18, 2014 02:38am

Oh yeah, then Why should America’s dollar so easily become our dollar?

ijaaz Nov 18, 2014 02:39am

Some people never learn. The good terrorists will become bad guys to You eventually.

Ravi Nov 18, 2014 02:40am

and this guy is Pakistan's national security advisor??????

z khan Nov 18, 2014 02:50am

well said

kalman Nov 18, 2014 02:56am

Again good and bad terrorists is played. Today, they are good tomorrow they are bad. Did Pakistan ever thought that good terrorists of 1990, Taliban would penetrate deep in Pakistan and create havoc.

rizwan qaderi Nov 18, 2014 03:06am

he is really diplomat

Sonny Afridi Nov 18, 2014 03:07am

He is right.

Dr. Abdul Manan Nov 18, 2014 03:08am

Slap on America's Face. Love You Sir

Patriot Nov 18, 2014 03:15am

With geniuses like this in charge Pakistan requires no enemies to weaken it! Yesterday's friendly militant that was used to terrorize Afghanistan is today terrorizing parts of Pakistan. And if this distinction between friendly and unfriendly militants is allowed to continue then there is no wonder that other countries are bombing people on the territory of Pakistan. It is time for an old fossil like this one to retire before his old fashioned and dangerous theories haunt the country even more than other misplaced policies have.

Neeraj Nov 18, 2014 03:19am

@sky It is for local consumption!

Amy Nov 18, 2014 03:28am

I'm(Pakistan) back to my old ways! What's new? This is to be expected or else I'll loose my identity.

Abid Nov 18, 2014 03:40am

Wonder, how is Modi going to respond when Nawaz sends Saris (gift) for Modi's mom? Wonder, how the Indian journalists are going to respond when Nawaz tells them next time that the border between India and Pakistan is nothing more than a line?

Bilal Nov 18, 2014 03:40am

absolutely agree 110% because in the end its always the innocent pakistanis who pay the price

karachiwala Nov 18, 2014 03:42am

Mr aziz, every militant is dangerous for Pakistan.

I. Ahmed Nov 18, 2014 03:43am

Now the good taliban and bad taliban has been extended to good militants and bad militants. We need a proper Foreign Minister, a Harvard educated Finance champion is a misfit for this job.

S. Haider Nov 18, 2014 03:44am

Soldiers and rangers are paying a high price for this irresponsible differentiation between bad and good terrorists. It seems, Sartaj Aziz does not know the damage, caused by Talibans to the people and economy of Pakistan.

Amin Nov 18, 2014 03:45am

Nice to yet again be reminded of Pakistan's true policy. Ashraf Ghani is not Karzai. He will quickly get this.

nishant Nov 18, 2014 03:47am

Any terrorists are dangerous not now but in the future.the govt should use state machinery to fulfil its geo political aims.

Dystopia Nov 18, 2014 03:47am

He's right and he's wrong. Right because if we hadn't targeted the Afghani Taliban based in Pakistan back in 2004, we wouldn't have suffered to this extent but we can't let terrorists groups from within to attack other countries either.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Nov 18, 2014 03:48am

Adviser Sartaj's declaration makes a lot of sense: my friend's enemies may not necessarily be my enemy also. Bravo!

Pragmatist Nov 18, 2014 03:49am

If they are terrorists and Sartaj Aziz calls them by that name, they are targets. Haqqani is no saint and will eventually target Pakistan as well. What is this logic that some terrorists are good terrorists? How about Taliban that kill people in Pakistan? Were they not also once good terrorists?

ladies and gentlemen Nov 18, 2014 03:56am

What a nincompoop of a foreign minister. What are armed militants doing in your country? You are acknowledging then that you have an official military and many other armed militants to attack other countries. Let American and Indian drones than start bombing Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, wherever they may think you harbor these 'Pakistan friendly militants'.

raj patel Nov 18, 2014 03:56am

This will be dangerous to Pakistan. if Afghanistan also think in the same line and iran also do the same,then i dont see Pakistan would be free from terrorism. Pakistani should be ready for more sacrifies of inocent lives. best luck. no hope for Pakistan as its advisors like this old gentalman. he didnt learn a single lesson from history.

NASAH (USA) Nov 18, 2014 03:56am

"Why America's enemies necessarily become our enemies too". because if you give them "safe haven" you become America's enemy too -- same goes for Afghanistan -- same goes for Iran -- samo samo for India as well -- how many enemies do you really want Sataj Aziz sahib -- time for Nawaz Sharif to gently relieve Mr. Aziz of his 'advisory' duties.

Sadiq Amin Nov 18, 2014 03:56am

All militants are same. They are, well, militants! You got to root out all of them.

Stop breeding snakes in your backyard in the hope that they will never bite you. Didn't history teach you a lesson or half yet?

A Kashifi Nov 18, 2014 03:58am

The murderous cabal of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and few others basically told Musharaf then, either you are with us or with the terrorists. They then backed it with a clear threat, we will bomb you guys back to the stone ages. It is not like there was an agreement.

ladies and gentlemen Nov 18, 2014 04:01am

When are we going to learn from past mistakes? If you want Pakistan to have a civil peaceful society, than we should stop creating and supporting militant groups, good or bad. No room for militants, only Pakistan military.

Hmnn..!! Nov 18, 2014 04:01am

And here in lies the most damning line of thinking which will destroy the nation of pakistan .

Madan Nov 18, 2014 04:01am

It can be inferred from this interview that the haqqani network is the enemy of the U SA and not the Pakistan.That is ,probably,the reason this terrorist group of North wazirastan has not been touched all along despite USA's continuous insistence for many years to deal with .

Abhishek Nov 18, 2014 04:02am

Repeating the same mistakes of the past. Do not expect the snakes you raise in your backyard to only bite your neighbors.

ken Nov 18, 2014 04:06am

"good terrorist Vs Bad Terrorist". "Non State actors" "Razakars" , "Freedom Fighters" Pakistan should stop playing this game. Snakes can never be pets.

Ganga Din Nov 18, 2014 04:08am

How's Ebola situation in Pakistan? Every body prepared?

Uzair Nov 18, 2014 04:12am

Way to go Mr. Aziz, you have made me proud of you, this is the Pakistani way, the Pakhtoon way.

Moiz Nov 18, 2014 04:15am

That is the reason the west doesn't want NS government.

Sharic Nov 18, 2014 04:18am

End of Mush-Bush Era. No more "with us or against us". If Pakistan's situation favours neutrality, then it should remain neutral.

gill Nov 18, 2014 04:19am

Militants are Militants ,there are no good or bad?

Moaz Nov 18, 2014 04:19am

Mr Aziz, new found respect for you.

VINOD Nov 18, 2014 04:24am

"Pakistan should not target militants who do not threaten the country’s security." If this is the thinking and belief at the highest level then what is future of relations with Pakistan of its neighboring countries? Pakistan has not yet realized and understood that militants are a threat not only to Pakistan but to the world civilization, progress, science, technology, medicine and peace. Militants aim is to push the world thousands of years back in the ages of darkness.

Adil Nov 18, 2014 04:25am

Good reply, this is how is should be but I hope these are not just words.

gfellow Nov 18, 2014 04:26am

Haha. Back to good terrorist and bad terrorist.

Arshad Khan Nov 18, 2014 04:27am

Now that's audacious! Mr. Sartaj, No militant was dangerous to Pakistan prior to 9/11. You said: “Why should America’s enemies unnecessarily become our enemies,” that's exactly happened! Musharraf declared American enemies as Pakistan's enemies. You declare not. Where is the policy of state of Pakistan? The state of Pakistan's services were hired (actually ordered) on premise that American enemies are Pakistan's enemies too - in other words Pakistan become its own enemy. Pakistan vs Pakistan!!! After your statement: Can we assume that now Pakistan no more want to offer the services of turning enemies against its own people? Your words sounding more like a statesman's one but highly doubtful you actually are!

Sir, Good attempt though unlearning what Islamic Republic have been learning long! A long way to go setting miracles aside!

Manjeet Nov 18, 2014 04:27am

Too bad that such a senior politician has learnt nothing from past. As long as pakistan has "good" terrorists, it can never earn respect from its neighbours.

unbelievable Nov 18, 2014 04:27am

Typical Pakistan - lots of talk about fighting terrorist but when push comes to shove you still look the other way if the terrorist promise to leave you alone. Pathetic -- your part of the problem. BTW - didn't you just get through asking Afghanistan to initiate a war with TTP a terrorist organization that hasn't attacked Afghanistan.

Pramod Nov 18, 2014 04:43am

You don't have to make enemies of anybody .. just don't allow the militants inside Pakistan or give them shelter in Pakistan.

Northern Alliance Nov 18, 2014 04:45am

Yes Afghan Taliban are definitely Afghanistan problem, but by sheltering them, by extension Pakistan also becomes an Afghanistan problem.

ahmed Nov 18, 2014 04:48am

How many more deaths will it take before this insanity of good vs bad taliban end in Pakistan? What Mr. Aziz is saying (as Musharraf and others responsible for giving terrorists safe haven in Pakistan said) is that it is ok for someone to plot terrorists acts as long as they will kill innocent people in other countries. This is such an morally obtuse and incredibly unrealistic statement that it is insanity.

sudhakar Nov 18, 2014 04:53am

Unbelievable to hear a senior most advisor talk like this. Simply deplorable!!

Nasir Nov 18, 2014 04:53am

Sartaj Aziz has a typical Pakistani mentality and that is why Pakistan will continue to be pushed down the road of a failed state while our neighbors continue to become economic superpowers - will we NEVER learn?

Hemant Nov 18, 2014 04:53am

Now this is the first time, there is admission that Pakistan has intention to support non state bad actors and let them loose!! This is what everyone is asking you to eliminate??

Mr, Sartaj.... You seems to have lost your Sar... All these bad militants were also good for you when you wanted to achieve your goals...also these good militant will not listen to you when it will not suite them!!! Please think and don't Just try to keep your Taj even without Sar!!!

DoubleZ Nov 18, 2014 04:54am

This is completely messed up.

He should not be allowed to advise anymore.

Jadugar Nov 18, 2014 04:55am

This is the most outrageous statement by a govt. official. This man has no respect for all those who sacrificed their lives and all those innocent killed by these militants ( terrorist). Militants are not our well wishers This man should resign from his position and should be posted in FATA to learn the meaning of Militant.......Idiot

uzair Aftab-Qureishi Nov 18, 2014 04:56am

@ashfaq1 That's the point!!!!

nasiroski Nov 18, 2014 04:56am

This is retarded, we did not learn our lesson, there is no such thing as "harmless terrorist/militant". Pushing all of them out of our borders and shutting them down makes some sense but not adressing the ones that do not threatens us makes no sense at all. What about tomorrow, what if the turn against us??

MMM Nov 18, 2014 05:01am

Hats off to you Mr. Aziz. The "financial assistance" is not worth it. Besides, with America and Western countries leaning toward mass murderers of Muslims, we need to think about our security and future.

zia Nov 18, 2014 05:02am

The question is, are those good guys against the bad guys, if no then all are same. Saying is that your enemy's enemy is your friend but never heard that your enemy,s friend is your friend. They are not friends of anybody be it USA or anyone else.

Absolute Truth Nov 18, 2014 05:08am

This attitude is going to take all of us down.

NN Nov 18, 2014 05:13am

Thank you sir, one more nail in the coffin

A shah Nov 18, 2014 05:16am

Sorry to say but with thinking like this we are doomed as a nation

BK Nov 18, 2014 05:24am

This is the cause of all problems to segregate good militants and bad militants. It will not take much time to become bad

HD Nov 18, 2014 05:27am

@zia Most intelligent comment. The distinction seems to be known only to govt as the militants themselves are all allies of each other.

Momin Nov 18, 2014 05:27am

Militants not dangerous to Pakistan shouldn't be helped either.

komal s Nov 18, 2014 05:30am

@Nisar Now I assume the Afghan president who visited your country with much fan fare is going to be very happy with this. It is shocking that your senior leader says we will do nothing with militants sitting in our soil and who target our neighboring countries. You are back to square one!

Paul Nov 18, 2014 05:38am

@Syed R U being sarcastic?

Taimur Nov 18, 2014 05:40am

Well said, If US has national interest, what about Pakistan National Interest? does US gives any heed to it. They must do, partnership works both ways, don't dictate or bully us... US gives us hug when it suits them and then trash when they dont need, this is not acceptable.

Haaris Ali Nov 18, 2014 05:49am

This is very strange statement. We still haven't learned any lesson from our past mistakes. This policy in the past caused huge problems and it will continue to do so.

Gaurav Arya Nov 18, 2014 05:50am

Very unfortunate that Sartaj Aziz should make such a short sighted statement. This is exactly the kind of statement that makes the world suspect Pakistan of duplicity. I don't think that Pakistan will ever learn, inspite of such ghastly instances of terror.

Irshad Nov 18, 2014 05:54am

In a unipolar world, Pakistan is a bipolar nation. Or is it multiple personality disorder. It needs shock therapy to bring the extremes of its identity together. But first it needs to hit rock bottom and see the problem it has. Otherwise this double talk and bifurcated identity will continue.

Sajan Nov 18, 2014 05:58am

You mean good terrorists can live peacefully in our society ? So, that's why you have been harboring Osama. Hmmmmm...

khan Nov 18, 2014 06:00am

At least he is saying the truth out loud unlike ISPR, who say they are attacking all terrorists while they are actually not.

sm Nov 18, 2014 06:00am

I had a more intellectual impression about Mr. Aziz. Was I so wrong?

balakrishnan Nov 18, 2014 06:04am

Well said. That means let these good terrorists have safe heavens in pakistani soil and peacefully plan more 9/11s and 2611s ?

Ali Nov 18, 2014 06:06am

Moun tor jawab.

Karma Nov 18, 2014 06:07am

Very wise decision and well said.

Train and arm them with stingers and send them to India and Afghanistan, who are sending terrorists into our country.


tariq Nov 18, 2014 06:08am

@Nisar and you can identify which ones?

tariq Nov 18, 2014 06:12am

@anony well said what? You are as confused as the government so why doesnot Mr Aziz stop 'Zarb Azb'

banKimoon Nov 18, 2014 06:12am

Still the game of good & bad terrorist exist in Pakistan. . Rip humanity

Calcutta Man Nov 18, 2014 06:12am


You are as warped as your government

Kamal Gupta Nov 18, 2014 06:13am

How would Al Qaeda get categorised? They have not harmed Pakistan, only the rest of the world. Does that make them "good" terrorists? Even the IS has not harmed Pakistan. All they will do if they reach there is to wipe out the Sufis, Shias, Ahmedis, Christians and Hindus, who are already treated as flotsam.

tariq Nov 18, 2014 06:14am

So we know friendly militants And he is our foreign minister. ..interesting

Khan Rahem Singh Al Wasatiyah Nov 18, 2014 06:16am

How contradictory is this chap. First they are called militants then they supposedly do not pose a danger to Pakistan. So why not have a grand afternoon tea party and invite all the "safe" militants. Stupidity does not seem to have brakes with our leaders.

tariq Nov 18, 2014 06:16am

Friendly militants is this a joke..this guy is our national security advisor. .God help us!

Tamankhan@HOTMAIL.COM Nov 18, 2014 06:17am

Wow, I guess Afghanistan should provide help ttp then.

Vikram Nov 18, 2014 06:18am

That means Pakistan will also not stop terrorists who kill Afghan and Indians. I hope US stops giving billions of dollars of Zakat to Pakistan.

raj patel Nov 18, 2014 06:20am

@Dr. Abdul Manan be prepared to sacrifies more human lives in Pakistan. writing on wall terrorist hurting Pakistan also has proxi supporter in Afghanistan is listening. terrorism would not be eliminited from Pakistan soon.

Robert Nov 18, 2014 06:27am

@ali you must think that way and treat all terrorists alike. tomorrow they might become threat to you.

Mamata_Begam Nov 18, 2014 06:30am

Terrorists can never be friends. Eventually they will bite you. Look what Hamas and Hezbollah did to Palestine and Lebanese law and order and economy.

Isarivelan Nov 18, 2014 06:30am

@Md Imran

Who is the enemy?

for all indians Nov 18, 2014 06:32am

now thats what politics is !!!

SPD Nov 18, 2014 06:34am

"Good Terorists" Wow what an oxymoron!!! Today the entire world knows that Pakistan as a terrorist producing state and hub of terrorism...The words Pakistan and Terrorism today bear the same meaning. After this, Pakistan should not be receiving american alms or alms from any other developed countries as enemies of the civilized world are no more their enemies...Pls get alms from ur "ummah" for ur survival...

rama Nov 18, 2014 06:35am

Current state of the Pakistan is due to this past attitude and Pakistan will pay for this in the future. Any non state actor is always dangerous to the civilized society how ever rational they are

FDI Nov 18, 2014 06:39am

@Taimur keep crying. You are an use and throw material. US gives you money and you work for them. They have hired you. Why are you crying now? You sold yourself to us. A sold material is used vigorously. Don't cry now. You are sold. You are US property.

Imran Nov 18, 2014 06:39am

Pakistan made a full circle and coming to where it was.. Hahaha good terrorist and bad terrorist !! One who kills your neighbor is Good Terrorist and one who kills your own is bad. This country is a curse to the neighbohood.

Ravi Dallas TX Nov 18, 2014 06:39am

if this is official policy of Pakistan,then what an irresponsible country Pakistan is.... God knows who will be friends with you with that policy.

A s ahmed Nov 18, 2014 06:42am

Afghanistan should say same thing about TTP.

krishna Nov 18, 2014 06:42am

ill-advised Adviser to the Prime Minister. Sinister thinking taking the country to doomsday.

Urooj Saifi Nov 18, 2014 06:45am

As long as we are harbouring them in Pakistan we are responsible that they do not harm our neighbouring our distant countries. This is a very irresponsible statement made by Mr. Sartaj Aziz.

Isarivelan Nov 18, 2014 06:45am

Hi Guys,

The fact is Pakistan army won't be able to fight the militants in its territory because there will be a revolt within the army if it goes against the militants in all areas. The foreign minister just not able to openly say this fact. What he is saying is we will give safe heaven to these guys otherwise Pakistan won't be a one country. Pakistan is riding on the tiger and won't be able to come down.

Third Eye Nov 18, 2014 06:57am

What a Idiot. Last year alone how many killed by this ruthless terrorists across Pakistan..,, SHAME ON YOU

wiserneighbour Nov 18, 2014 06:58am

This is what Pakistan always do.They protect and nurture militants who causes havoc in the neighbourhood .Indian stand is vindicated here.You keep supporting these snakes,your end will be without getting the anti venom.

ayyaswamy Nov 18, 2014 07:00am


Fzr Nov 18, 2014 07:01am

Clap, clap, clap.

wiserneighbour Nov 18, 2014 07:02am

@MSAlvi there is nothing new in his statement .This is decades old fact .Pakistan as a promoter of terrorism is a globally known fact.

I.Khan Nov 18, 2014 07:03am

That proves that Pakistan raises terrorists for money laundering from USA.

V K Das Nov 18, 2014 07:04am

Pakistan wants to distinguish between a good cobra and a bad cobra and in turn gets bitten by both !

AdHawk Nov 18, 2014 07:07am

And some day these same 'harmless' militants cause another 9/11, 7/7 or Mumbai, and we're back to square one? Great job articulating that.

Imran Nov 18, 2014 07:07am

thanks Mr, Aziz. What an advice "nourish a viper (or snake) in one's bosom".

ahmed Nov 18, 2014 07:12am

@Sandip Bhattacharya what's wrong with that? Duh!!

Why would India become enemies with enemies of Pakistan, such as certain elements with Afghanistan that have good ties with India

Ammy Nov 18, 2014 07:13am

It's the same mistake what Pakistan did years ago. Those elements created to support US in. Afghanistan war have turned back on you in form of Taliban. An evil is Evil, this is what. Pakistan never understood and is in Peril of terrorism. No govt should support terrorism, even if it's is against your enemy. This is like sending a bad signal in masses and creating trouble for yourself for tomorrow, if not today.

Magic Nov 18, 2014 07:15am

says the national security adviser.... wow....

Isa Nov 18, 2014 07:15am

Only the bad terrorist should be destroyed. The good terrorists are needed for our survival in our neighbourhood

dipak Nov 18, 2014 07:16am

since 1947 pak. foreign policy has been noted that to bleed india, with heavy heart i have to express my views as we suffer more .our innocent people are killed by pak. group terrist. thay are in pak. and all operations are being conducted from pak. soil.

AD Nov 18, 2014 07:16am

who needs to bother when you are in path of self destruction !!!

Please stick to you stand by all means..

Good Luck Pakistan !!!

AshwinMS Nov 18, 2014 07:19am

That's stupid.Militants are always a threat.If not now,they will be in the future

Kamal23 Nov 18, 2014 07:19am

Basically, he is telling the terrorists that Pakistan will provide safe heaven to them to launch terror attack abroad bringing pakistan one step closer to being declared as terrorist state.

ViMo Nov 18, 2014 07:20am

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain And without this friend (America), where will Pakistan be?

Tinker Nov 18, 2014 07:21am

When a Pakistani terrorist kills a foreigner, Foreign country has a right to protect its citizens.

saeed Nov 18, 2014 07:23am

Then Pakistan shouldn't protest Afghanistan for harbouring anti Pakistan militants. What is good for us is good for Afghanistam as well

dinesh Nov 18, 2014 07:25am

Dear Paki friends, for sure US enimies are yours...because you US is funding you for that are not doing it for free....that too just pretending as if you are using that fund for the purpose it was given.....lately.... US realized that you do not want to finish the militants...hence they started attacking with thire Drone....actually...fact is if Pakistan removes these militants from thier land....US will stop giving dollers to Pakistan......guys wake up....this will take you up and up there......Mr. Azeez may have frustration normally junior servent may have about thire boss...but they can only speak....

Tinker Nov 18, 2014 07:26am

Sartaj wants Pakistan a safe heaven for Terrorists.

John Nov 18, 2014 07:26am

Old Man is wrong... terrorists are terrorists. Remember all these were good at some stage... Now many are against us. Deal with all of them equally.

ladies and gentlemen Nov 18, 2014 07:28am

The foreign minister shouldn't complain if US drones take care of its enemies in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad.

Brilliant statement. What else can we expect from PML-N's sharp minds at the helm of this country. Sarcasm.

Abhai Nov 18, 2014 07:34am

@Nadeem - break the shackle and harbour the terrorists !! Right ?

Allaisa Nov 18, 2014 07:34am

Good taliban, and bad taliban. But your PM said there is no such distinction. Are you the adviser to the PM or the PM himself?

Allaisa Nov 18, 2014 07:37am

You do not want to fight US enemies but you beg for US dollars and weapons. Hypocrisy thy name is Pakistan.

Omar Nov 18, 2014 07:40am

Very shameful,disgusting and downright stupid policy.

dinesh Nov 18, 2014 07:41am

@Sadiq Amin ...hi Sadiq...I am not sure If you are pakistani or indian....I am being an Indian... I apraise your thought... No one else will come to clean your will have to learn how to clean it... You never can have Good or Bad will have stand clear and one side... You will also have to learn from history that US only breed Taliban...and during that time Taliban use to be good milirants for US...Now number 1 enimy... Why Mr. Sartaz Azeez is giving such statement which is harmful for your country.... If any one at diplomate level would have given such statement...we would have clearly opposed him...protesting him

Akthar Nov 18, 2014 07:49am

Sartaz is a true Muslim paki

sameer Nov 18, 2014 07:54am

This is what most meant by good terrorist and bad terrorist. Pamper them feed them until they start biting ur own hand

Amarnath Nov 18, 2014 07:59am

What Sartaj is saying is.."don't harm the militants as ling as they do not harm Pakistanis. it is Ok if they kill Indians"

Why will anyone trust the Pakistani leadership and its people?

Elyas Nov 18, 2014 07:59am

You are an idiot.

Ajmal Afghan Nov 18, 2014 08:00am

History has proved this time and time again that this cancer infested, terror harbouring, nurturing and supporting nation called Pakistan is not reliable nor trustworthy over what they say. after all these half bred hendus are the inbred of the British and Israel

Its best if Afghanistan cut all their political ties with these lying dogs and pursue the same destructive policies they have towards our people.

JUSTICE Nov 18, 2014 08:02am

You can't trust them, ask them to go back to their home country.

Akthar Nov 18, 2014 08:03am

@Taimur You are right. US and many countries have linked Aid to militancy. If a militant threat exists from Pakistan, only then Pakistan will receive aid. Otherwise no.

Pravin Shastri Nov 18, 2014 08:04am

Yes the ' Good Terrorists ' who have been the strategic assets for the Pakistani diplomacy so far should not be harmed. Forget what Hilary Clinton said. You still can keep the snakes in your backyard if you train them to bite only your neighbors. Smart thinking.

auginpk Nov 18, 2014 08:04am

Mr.Aziz is sargana of good militants for Pakistan!

God bless Pakistan.

piyush Nov 18, 2014 08:04am

Great 'advisors'! I can recall Gen. Musharraf's speech to German media about the terrorists sent to India. So as long as a terrorist uses your land, resources and what not, but not harming Pakistan (though just for the time being), he deserves to be nurtured.

Kumar Nov 18, 2014 08:06am

That's the formula behind sheltering 'peaceful' Osama Bin Laden!

NN Nov 18, 2014 08:06am

@MMM how many Muslims have been killed in Pakistan in last ten years I bet if you count it's way more than that in Gujarat who killed those Muslims in your country ?? Modi?

Vineet Nov 18, 2014 08:08am

No wonder why Pakistan has become a safe heaven for terrorists. All the major terror attacks roots can be traced to Pakistan.

shivan Nov 18, 2014 08:09am

OId wine in a new bottle, good taliban and bad taliban

lol ... Nov 18, 2014 08:10am

blackmailing its ur old business

Noora Nov 18, 2014 08:10am

This guy needs to retire. This proves that his brain is dead and we need a new foreign minister. New blood is required to lead. Same old leaders (read bad one) will not change country's fate.

V PRAKASH Nov 18, 2014 08:12am
  1. Question : When united states attacked afganistan all those that were trained and armed were pushed towards us. Answer : None were pushed towards you. It was you (Parvez Musharraf) who given the safe access to your country by assuming they can be used against India in future.
  2. Question : Why should America's enemies unnecessarily become our enemy? The Dollars U.S poured is whar for? First deny the Dollars.
Ali Abbas Nov 18, 2014 08:12am

Wow. I can not believe that this guy is so stupid. Should he even be in government of a responsible country. Something like this was said by Sadam Hussain and also the last Amir of Taliban's Afghanistan.

RK Nov 18, 2014 08:14am


Ayaz Nov 18, 2014 08:15am

And this guy is our leading expert... where has he been living? Nawaz needs to sack him ... he is adding insults to the injuries of all who have been killed in the past 10 years by his favorite militants

Asad Khorasanee Nov 18, 2014 08:15am

So Mr Aziz, is saying that its OK for militant in our country who do threaten us but gives our neighbor a hard time, for Pakistan to leave them alone, that implies that Pakistan is encouraging militants on our western and eastern borders to flourish. Is that the message we want to give our allies if we have any left. Pakistan cries foul with India,Afghanistan, and recently with Iran, I wonder when China will be next?.

Ahmed Kamal Nov 18, 2014 08:20am

@Abhishek@ I appreciate,its a wise decision by Sartaj.Until Kashmir issue with India is not permanently resolved these soft militants are definetly a strategic assestes for Pakistan in new Modi scenario.

Mohamed Nov 18, 2014 08:21am

This must be a music to Abdul Ghani ear, the new Afghan President. Poor fellow came to Pakistan with lots of hope but all his hopes shattered by this one statement who is supposed to be the advisor to PM. Well done Pakistan, this is the reason why no one trust Pakistan basically because you are back stabber.

kchand 1949 Nov 18, 2014 08:24am

Pakistan accepted in exchange of money, security and old debts to partner US in its fight to rid the region of Al Qaida n terrorism of all hues. You agreed and now you can go back on it only at a cost-again not to leaders regrettably but to Pakistan!

Akil Akhtar Nov 18, 2014 08:24am

We should only target the terrorists being funded by US and India against Pakistan......

Zia-Ur-Rehman Nov 18, 2014 08:29am

a Brave statement by Mr Sartaj Aziz. No need to create enemies out of those groups just because US doesn't like them. Poverty is the our biggest enemy and fighting against it should be our top priority!

Secular Mind Nov 18, 2014 08:31am

Perfect, World was waiting to hear these Golden Words....he means "terrorist trained in Pakistan are not threat to Pakistan"

Khurram Jadoon Nov 18, 2014 08:31am

@Sandip I know it hurts a lot especially in regards to Kashmir!

Bharat Singh Khalsa Nov 18, 2014 08:32am

This statement from Pakistani government validates and proves that UBL was state guest of Pakistan as he never meant any harm to Pakistan.

imran ali Nov 18, 2014 08:35am

once again bad and good militants

zia Nov 18, 2014 08:36am

Nonsense this minister is total lost case

PK Nov 18, 2014 08:37am

The poor terrorists are hunting dogs, they train them to be fierce and dangerous, and then are used to unleash them on enemies. Then if these dogs turn on their masters, they can always shoot them and put them down. They are dogs anyways, what more you expect of a dog's life ?

thavaseelan Nov 18, 2014 08:38am

A militant is a militant who will always go the easy target, even if it Pak Army.

Pervez M. Nov 18, 2014 08:39am

@Nisar In that case Pakistan should not come to US with begging bowl.

shailendra Sahasrabudhe Nov 18, 2014 08:40am

Correct. This is exactly afghan president said.... why should we attack Mullah fazlullah when he is not attacking any afghan asset ?

zubzub Nov 18, 2014 08:43am 90s same taliban were american friends if u remember.n were supported and armed by the same people then suddanly what happand that they became enamy ! Well it did not go well down the throat

ashok kumar lal Nov 18, 2014 08:46am

kill only those snakes which may bite you

Shabbir Nov 18, 2014 08:52am

@Sandip and why not? while a triple game of your continues since 1947..

Joe Nov 18, 2014 08:55am

The true colour of Pakistan.

Muhammad Natiq Nov 18, 2014 09:06am

very well said, a brave reply

Ajaya K Dutt Nov 18, 2014 09:09am

Support for such a statement does not bode well for the sub continent, but it clearly points out the future.

Taimur Nov 18, 2014 09:10am

So still they are our strategic assets and we will realize our mistakes when there will be another TTP

NS government is repeating the mistakes of their spiritual father Zia ul Haq

Prasad Nov 18, 2014 09:11am

Not long ago, this guy tried to remind UN chief on Kashmir Resolution. Now would someone remind him UN resolutions against terrorism? Here is the list,

Now, after such "foolish" statements, I'm not sure he would have much credibility left.

dipak Nov 18, 2014 09:11am

@VINOD ye pakistan hai ki manta nahi. always in denial always in world noted foreign policy of pak. while such a responsible man issue such statement. my pak friends must take note of this and issue objection in parliament if you are enjoying full democracy otherwise its drama of democracy.

Pattabhi Raman Nov 18, 2014 09:18am

Let us extend this logic. The terrorists who cause havoc in China, Iran are not Pakistan's enemies and hence Pakistna should do nothing to curtail them. SImilarly the terrorists who are inimical to Afghanistan, and India shoud definitely be left un touched. So, Pakistan will act as sanctuary to terrorists from its neighbors as long as they do not act against it. This is a good recipe for self destruction as your neighbours also can follow the same policy with your terrorists. You saw a glimpse of the perlis of this policy with Iran recently. This explains why the world does not sympathize with you when you complain about your terrorists and how hard you are fighting them.

dipak Nov 18, 2014 09:20am

@Seedo sir while we read pak. news papers these are the positive development, no foreign investmant, no budget for education science technology public welfare etc etc. and while dealing with india only kashmir only kashmir, as if kshmit will solve poverty and pak. will be develop country. pl take technical adventage of indian culture and constitution where all are given equal rights. each and every religios people of india has contributed their role in development.

dipak Nov 18, 2014 09:24am

@Aly khan thank you mr khan as you really express the reality on ground and talk the facts.

rajeshwar singh Nov 18, 2014 09:25am

Once upon a time Osama and IS were good to America.

Mr. K Nov 18, 2014 09:26am

I would rather be friends with America than let some wild boars sit in my backyard tied with a paper rope.

karthik Nov 18, 2014 09:27am

These snakes will bite you later. All the best

ruliaram5 Nov 18, 2014 09:30am

Old Prune talking nonsense once again

Pc Nov 18, 2014 09:32am

@zia Thats the most apt response, great!! Enemy's friend is friend : only Pakistani establishment can make such comments. I am sure common , educated Paksitanis understand how foolish it reads.

rehan Nov 18, 2014 09:33am

It's very hard to tell which militants are not dangerous to Pakistan. Haqaani group is one example . I believe they should not be targeted if they can be otherwise streamlined and dealt with in a less hazardous manner. India and US can go red in the face with their requests of action against Haqqani network but Pakistan has to see it's own interests as well. Pakistan ( unlike India and Afghanistan) is actually fighting terrorism. Since India and Afghanistan have done nothing at all at their ends , so their criticism is hardly worthy of being considered seriously.

rehan Nov 18, 2014 09:34am

@Sandip So what , who does NOT play a double game? What's the big deal if Pakistan indulges in it .

Sahil Nov 18, 2014 09:37am

People like these are the real enimies as they do not know what to do and how to tackle Militants. There is no such thing as good & bad terrorist. Today Sartaj thinks that they are no harm to Pak but remember one day they will. They are killing innocent people everyday in the name of religion. Militants wants and always will dictates terms in Pakistan. Now there are 3 main pillars of Pakistan ISI, ARMY & MILLITANTS. Politicions are no where as far as full control of their powers are concerned.

Muhammad Asif Nov 18, 2014 09:37am

By this logic, since Mullah Fazlullah is not gangerous to Afghanistan, why should Afghanistan target him?

sumit Nov 18, 2014 09:38am

Beacuse if you do not target them American will...and not only them but at you do not have guts as you survive on USA...

DBC Nov 18, 2014 09:38am

What do you mean by militant who are no threat to Pakistan. Militants are those who takes life of people of friend or foe

Aakashvaani Nov 18, 2014 09:42am

Then you wonder why the whole world thinks you all are terrorists.

Jai Hind Nov 18, 2014 09:45am

This man has the shortest vision in the whole world. It takes one spark to turn militants on the state. And then the state ends up fighting a fully trained and armed group, not to mention the havoc and damage they wreck on the people of the state. It's best to nip them in the bud at an early stage. Don't support terrorists!!!

faisal Nov 18, 2014 09:47am

Good reply, now act on it. Time to stop the bleeding.

Shawn Peter Nov 18, 2014 09:54am

"Good terrorist & Bad terrorist" It happens only in PAKISTAN. Way to go!!

shaikh Nov 18, 2014 09:55am

What is his qualifaction to hold such a post or he is just good friend or related to PM.

rehan Nov 18, 2014 09:57am

@Seedo If Taliban are Pakistan's problem, why do they have safe havens in Afghanistan ? Pakistan is dealing with the problem that is a priority . Haqqani network has not bothered Pakistan. If it is bothering Afghanistan or India then it's their problem and not ours. Since Afghanistan is a safe haven for Taliban , so why not a Pakistan can be a safe haven for Haqqani ? Pakistan is already doing enough to curb terrorism , unlike it's neighbors which are just relaxing and criticizing Pakistan for everything.

being human Nov 18, 2014 10:03am

This is called throwing axe at your own feet

Vishnu Shankar Nov 18, 2014 10:07am

Pardon me if I'm wrong, but did the adviser to PAK Prime Minister just stated that as long as there is no threat to Pakistan he don't mind the activity of armed militia right under his nose? Going by the reactions, I'm scared to see the number of comments and likes in favor of this statement...!!! This is diabolic, this is not a movie... Just because they don't poke their nose into your business does not make them good terrorists, tomorrow they may turn against you, sorry I mean they WILL turn against you. I guess its the same so called "advisors" who hallucinate Pak stating India is the real threat, when it is obvious to anyone even with the IQ of a bollywood actress that India cant do anything against Pak in the event of a war and vice-versa.

being human Nov 18, 2014 10:07am

Then why did they accept foreign aid in billions of dollars from US??

Bagha Nov 18, 2014 10:10am

This is awesome. The Pentagon report could not have said it better. The Indian Foreign Service could not have said it better. Afghanistan could not have said it better. Sartaj Aziz is awesome!

Ahmed Nov 18, 2014 10:11am

This is what IK has been saying since long.

kranti Nov 18, 2014 10:11am

Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists. Nice judgement from the old man and he is the NSA to PM. What a country....

Trilokpuri Nov 18, 2014 10:12am

The root cause of the militancy should be targeted and that will solve this problem. So what is the root cause? !5l@m

Asifa Bhutto Nov 18, 2014 10:13am

This is amazing! How this old man can make such a statement?? This Nawaz is brainless and that is why this old spent bullet is the Foreign Affairs Advisor. Basic principal is" My enemy's enemy is my Friend" you damn fool.

Also, by making such statements; what this old useless fool is saying that if these terrorists kill others that is okay, Pakistan shall not be bothered with this. Somebody please tell this stupid old man this is totally against the Islamic Principals and against the Holy Quran.

kranti Nov 18, 2014 10:14am

@ghanshyam Why ALLAH should save bad people. No need.

no more! Nov 18, 2014 10:15am

Those who keep snakes in their backyard.......looks like Pakistan will never learn, give a man a gun and sooner or later he will turn it on you !!

ahmad Nov 18, 2014 10:16am


Try to promote this in every Muslim country,generate more logic of this level.this type of communication is the key of coming out of the problems ....

you need to prepare the people strong and logical communication skills on international front.


Shahrukh Fatah Nov 18, 2014 10:25am

Mr Sartaz Aziz, you have really lost it! What kind of message are you giving the world? With people like you in the government, it is not difficult to understand why the government is failing.

khanm Nov 18, 2014 10:25am

is their any logic in his statement... militancy is militancy and it is dangerous period... Can you Mr Sartaj Aziz define good militancy... may be those militant are only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. they are willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

Shashi Nov 18, 2014 10:25am

If you dont take action, then some else will as US do it with drones. Then dont complain

Mirza Nov 18, 2014 10:25am

My great leader IK already have said that these are our estranged Muslim brothers and must be given diplomatic office and an equal position on the negotiating table. While these terrorists have an open license to kill tens of thousands of Pakistanis. We have good terrorists, bad terrorists and the ugly terrorists and they are all strategic assets. The truth is finally coming out. No wonder these fanatic terrorists had endorsed and supported IK and NS in the last elections.

Bhavani Nov 18, 2014 10:25am

That is like saying since Ebola has not infected you as yet you should not worry about the disease! Militants who take law into their own hands and kill to make statements are no one's friends. lest of all of those who live under the delusion that violent people can be anyone's friend! Pakistan ought to know better!!

THOLAN Nov 18, 2014 10:26am

Militants not dangerous to Pakistan should not be targeted: Sartaj . very good. that means Pakistan will be a dangerous country to the world ,since sartaji is pleased to export terrorism to other countries..

Akram Nov 18, 2014 10:26am

I wonder even youth of this country support this statement. Pakistan has a dark future for sure.fights r nt won by emotions.we r nt capable to even defeat BLA,TTP Haqqani.How can we defeat others who r more stronger.think before u speak.dnt just ruin future of the country.

kamal Nov 18, 2014 10:29am

Great. The learned man has given the theory "How to ruin our nation".

Padmakar Nov 18, 2014 10:31am

Right, you should not target terrorist brothers who are not dangerous..!!!!! Ohh God save this country..

Shubs Nov 18, 2014 10:33am

Those endless hours of debates and talk-shows on Pakistani tv channels, the never-ending "expert" opinions on why Pakistan is in the state that it is today? Look no further, my friends. Here is your answer...:-)

weq Nov 18, 2014 10:38am

Brilliantly truthful statment by Sir Srtaj Aziz, these bold statements are rare, I never respected this man before as I do now.

Zahid Khan Kakar Nov 18, 2014 10:40am

Well the state is really close to fail because of this Old baba's policies. They don't allow the peace in this region becuase their way of earning would be ended shortly. They are earning for heads and blood of innocent Pakistanies particularly Pashtuns. We must raise voice against this so called policy of Good and Bad Taliban now. Otherwise we would have been killing and eliminating because of these failed policies.

Pats Nov 18, 2014 10:40am

Without any doubt, today it is made clear by Pakistan by this statement that Pakistan does not have any foresight. If the line of thinking followed, you won't be willing to fight against ISIS - because they don't harm you today, that doesn't mean they will not in future. It is wise to nip in the bud than fighting against a monster. Pakistan will never learn.

Kalyan Nov 18, 2014 10:41am

So, he is suggesting going back to the old argument of 'Good Terrorists, Bad Terrorists'.. exactly what Pakistan is infamous for.

Vineet Nov 18, 2014 10:44am

Dont run pillar to post cribbing that you yourselves are victim of terrorism when these so called not dangerous terrorist target your market places, mosques, schools, hotels etc killing innocent people.

neutral Nov 18, 2014 10:44am

There are 92 comments already when I am writing mine but would like to say that this statement of Mr Sartaj Aziz would become 'controversial' as far the USA is concerned. This negates the American insistence 'to do more'. But this is what we should have told the Americans when they attacked Afghanistan.

Sunil Nov 18, 2014 10:46am

Please make a head count by yourself Mr. Sartaz Aziz that which militant is not dangerous to Pakistan.

John Nov 18, 2014 10:46am

How do you find good friends among terrorists? Can the Security Adviser explain that to the people of Pakistan? Please don't define the terror killings within Pakistan as "friendly killings".

Gaurav Arya Nov 18, 2014 10:46am

@A Kashifi - Even if there was no agreement, how did your brave commando buckle after a five minute phone call? That call was made to Musharraf ( a head of state) by a US general. Its not as if Bush made the call. Musharraf changed your foreign policy in 5 minutes. Tab aapki ghaiyrat kahan gayi thi, janaab?

Akbaruddin Nov 18, 2014 10:47am

First Deny vehemently , then cry victim, then accept. Examples- sponsored Terrorism, Kargil, Mumbai attacks.

truth prevails Nov 18, 2014 10:48am

Time to get retired Aziz .... Its pathetic to have such a person at such a valuable position. You ought to realize sufferings of common man due to terrorism . Are you indirectly saying that Pakistan supports terrorism ?.

Akbaruddin Nov 18, 2014 10:51am

This statement proves that Pentagon report was accurate which infact is accurate but denied by Pakistan.

Sandeep Singh Nov 18, 2014 10:54am

You may not thinking that they are not enemy but they may thinking that you are coming on their way

dilip Nov 18, 2014 11:04am

By this logic every country is justified in giving sanctuary to terrorists,rebels, militants of other countries.This will lead to chaos.

deepak Nov 18, 2014 11:04am

If they are not not a threat to Pakistan why are they Militants in the first place.

RB Nov 18, 2014 11:10am

And with these type of statements and intentions, you want the world to take you seriously in the fight against terrorism ?? Good luck to you all !!

Momin Iqbal Nov 18, 2014 11:12am

Rightly said. The time has come when Pakistan realizes who are friends and who aren't. Mujahideens are the people who helped us win 1/3 of Kashmir. We must focus on groups who pose a threat to our existence. we are done being good to people who stab us after their purpose get served. We already have too much on our shoulders, America and Afghanistan go deal with your own problems!

Rishi Nov 18, 2014 11:20am

This is exactly what India wanted. Now Pakistan will be further pushed to a corner and isolated internationally. There will soon be sanctions after NATO exits the region.

vidurar Nov 18, 2014 11:25am

There's no such thing as "good militants" or "bad militants" , only "evil militants"

Ramesh Ishu Nov 18, 2014 11:31am

that is the mindset who stop the development, peace, prosperity in pakistan

True Fact Nov 18, 2014 11:31am

i think its a more showy kind of a reply but not very mature.. you don;t discuss such policies openly.. but with the nihari chugging leadership we have you can expect any thing..

Ramesh Ishu Nov 18, 2014 11:32am

@Momin Iqbal 100% right dear and start with refuse the american aid

Amarnath Nov 18, 2014 11:47am

so militancy in Pakistan is ok as long as this militancy is not against pakistan. what kind of society is sartaj imagining for pakistan?

Riza Afghan Nov 18, 2014 11:49am

I am very sad our President Ashraf Ghani even went to Pakistan, He must avoid future visits and have full contact with India and USA only.

Meet Nov 18, 2014 11:55am

So the cat is out of hat, this is well known fact though

Abdul Nov 18, 2014 11:56am

There is no good cancer or bad cancer. One day it is going to destroy the body. When are these people going to learn?

For this person it is ok a militant to kill innocent people of enemy state and celebrate violence. what a pity?

Rafay Nov 18, 2014 12:01pm

@ali true! The same thing happened in nineties. Our allies became our enemies. Repeating the same mistake will bring havoc!

Kris Nov 18, 2014 12:03pm

Must be a new negotiating ploy to get more aid from the US.

JET LEE Nov 18, 2014 12:04pm

Dear Mr. Aziz, Might be you will not be among us after 10 or 15 years from now. But your grandchildren had to face the suicide bombs. For the god sake, Please don't deliver these baseless thoughts. A terrorist has not any faith or religion beside Terror and Killings of innocent people.

pakone Nov 18, 2014 12:07pm

@Abhishek Much of what you say makes a lot of sense - but you forget one part of history. Which country did the most to support the US in the Afghan-Soviet war? Pakistan. But when the Soviets left, the US not just completely abandoned Pakistan but instead imposed sanctions on us under the Pressler amendment!! THAT radicalized an entire nation plus caused millions of so called "mujahideen" that were funded and aided by the US including OBL to turn their guns against Pakistan and the US! Then eventually 9/11 happens which Pakistan had absolutely nothing to do with but again, we are put at the forefront of this war too! So I am sorry - but Mr. Sartaj is right - its time we stop fighting Americas wars! Before 1979, Pakistan had no issues of extremism or terrorism - it all started then and got progressively worse because we supported the US in fighting their wars even when they betrayed us blatantly and I have no doubt will do so again soon.

BlackHat Nov 18, 2014 12:09pm

Would there possibly be a good and a bad foreign affairs adviser too?

malik Nov 18, 2014 12:09pm

The day Pakistanis start thinking of terrorist as terrorist and not my terrorist and your terrorist they will become part of the civilized world. Sartaj with his words further degraded Pakistan's perception

Pragmatist Nov 18, 2014 12:16pm

Pakistan had wrong policy to prop up militants to achieve its short term geopolitical goals of being oblivious that the very same monsters at sometime might backfire. Now gene is out of bottle. Our thick headed policy makers take us to dead end.

raja hindustani Nov 18, 2014 12:16pm

So Osama was Good terrorist...??

BlackHat Nov 18, 2014 12:17pm

Ha Ha! He is making Modi's job easier. Resolution of Kashmir issue is more out of reach. Fixing the country economy a more distant dream. Fixing education, health, jobs - may happen later.

rehan Nov 18, 2014 12:17pm

@Sandip Bhattacharya So you do whatever you Indians think is best and Pakistan will do whatever Pakistan thinks is best . Let us not lecture each other what to do and get busy with setting our respective houses straight first.

rehan Nov 18, 2014 12:19pm

@Tinker Sure and when Pakistanis are killed by foreign terrorists ( oh yes, we have quite a lot of foreign involvement here , call it whatever you will , our neighbors have a very strong interest in keeping Pakistan forever burning) , then Pakistan has a right to do whatever it deems necessary to counter them

rehan Nov 18, 2014 12:22pm

@Akram I really think Afghanistan needs to play it's role . It's about time a highly secure fence was constructed along the porous Pak Afghan border . I am sure Afghanistan would do the same on it's side.

honest opinion Nov 18, 2014 12:28pm

We need to realise that there is no such thing as good or bad Taliban. They are all extremist, ready to kill anyone who dare to speak against their ideology. So, Dear Sartaj Aziz, Kindly keep your opinion to yourself and does not try to incorporate into our national policy, the Pakistani nation has already been destroyed by these killers Taliban and we don't want any more of them how much good they might be.

Laddoo Nov 18, 2014 12:30pm

Let me get this right. India supports BLA who are anti Pakistan, supported Tamil Tigers who were anti Sri Lanka, supports northern alliance who once fought against the soviets. U.S. Routinely supports good vs bad terrorists ... Clear example of this is Syria and Libya. US supports IRA and UK opposes them. Iran supports Hizbollah which is anti Israel while Israel supported Christian militias in Lebanon who are anti Palestinians and on and on. Almost every country has these skeletons in the closet in the name of national interest.

But wait a minute, we have a huge problem if Pakistan supports a group who is not it's enemy. How dare they do that lol

This is for all the Indian commenters who are having a bad as usual.

BitterTruth Nov 18, 2014 12:30pm

India is unfortunate to have such neighbor which takes pride in nurturing & harboring Terrorism. Government of Pakistan is using Terrorist & Terrorism as a Policy Instrument. Statement of Aziz must be denounced; it is nothing but showing Nuisance Value by a nation which has become paradise for terrorist organisation & islamic jihad

BlackHat Nov 18, 2014 12:32pm

The terrorists are not nationalist patriots. They are fighting for a religion. Even if using them against neighbors makes tactical sense, strategically it is a humongous blunder as sooner or later they will coalesce with outfits like AlQaida and ISIS for ideological reasons.

This statement of his, affirming the Pentagon report, is going to cause irreparable damage to the country. The timing of this statement undercuts Gen. Raheel Sharif's position during his talks with his US counterparts.

citizen Nov 18, 2014 12:35pm

So there are "good militants" present in the country and supported by military/government..very good..truth comes from horse mouth.. Nov 18, 2014 12:40pm

Those elements who are operating in Pakistan ,are not working against USA. They are working against the innocent people of Pakistan, I prey that those supporting killers must also face themselves what poor people are facing .

It looks PML(N) is partly responsible for Wahga Border & other killings with such irresponsible acts lke suppoting militancy.

Ashfaq Nov 18, 2014 12:41pm

Your government's stated position is that it will not let it's territory used for activities against it's neighbours. This applies to China with their separatists getting support from Taliban, Groups operating against Iran and Jihadists fighting Kashmir. Sir your statement is a joke and contrary to your governments and COAS's statements.

Laddoo Nov 18, 2014 12:45pm

@Riza Afghan US is going to leave soon. They always do when job is done or not. India does not give two bits about Afghanistan other than to use it against Pakistan. Don't wish for something. It may come true.

S S Nov 18, 2014 12:46pm

hasnt Pak always been doing that? remember Osama-bin-Laden?

Rashi Nov 18, 2014 12:47pm

His statement is the justification of what Modi had said in UN that "some countries believe in good terrorism and bad terrorism". Make a parallel government , It will ruin your future only. Who cares.

Sri Nov 18, 2014 12:52pm

Pak, Get money from US saying its fighting against terrorism and using that money for terrorism. even US has understood your double game Mr.Security advisor. If you let the terrorists now, they will root deep in your country and rise sword against you. Terrorism is hilt less dagger, It will harm you for sure now or latter.

Anwar Nov 18, 2014 12:53pm

Political statement needed in a new time. We should always use our own brain, our own decision freely to always stay happy and peaceful.

Gol-gappe-wala Nov 18, 2014 12:56pm

Boom, my foot, my foot, shot myself in my foot. Again. :)).

dipak Nov 18, 2014 01:02pm

highly qualified persons of pak. has left pak for better future. remaining are left who do not understand the meanings of what he has delivered speech. he has given indirect silent concent to home grown terrist to do whatever they want to damage world, . dont worry we will not take action as it happen in mumbai attack.

Reader Nov 18, 2014 01:02pm

These govt advisers/ ministers creep in front of US govt, but behinbd their back contradict them to gain internal popularity. They have double standards. Just out of interest, is Sartaj a govt employee or just an adviser without much responsibility?????? The govt is running only on part-time advisers rather than permanent staff.

Ehsaan Nov 18, 2014 01:08pm

Good terrorist vs bad terrorist. Pakistan's double standards exposed again. God save Pakistan from India, Iran, US, Afghanistan and in some time China too.

Venu Nov 18, 2014 01:18pm

Raising and protecting poisonous snakes in your home, hoping that they will only bite the neighbors. Good luck to you sir!

elias Nov 18, 2014 01:31pm

so this give afghanistan the right to be friend of India (pakistan enemy) and provide safe heavens to pakistani taliban and baloch people. cause according to Sartaj india those are harmless to afghanistan but to pakistan. if we live like this we both will never reach peace

Vishnu Nov 18, 2014 01:33pm

Oops, cat is out of the bag.....

kashif Nov 18, 2014 01:56pm

guess we will never learn, this faulty approach has lead us to where we are today. sad sad stuff !

Sameer H. Nov 18, 2014 02:03pm

I cannot believe this guy is our foreign policy expert. The meaning of Militant as an adjective is "favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause." The key words here are "confrontational or vilolent". You need to retire my good man.

Daniel Nov 18, 2014 02:23pm

What a baffling statement ! He is often referred to as his excellency in south asian countries including India ! Look at this.. This statement will be an elixir to the militants. No wonder why hafiz saeed etc. are roaming free in Pakistan !

Rishi Nov 18, 2014 02:26pm

Let US leave. India will surround Pakistan from both East and West. Afghanistan will take this policy statement seriously and not engage further with Pakistan. There will be more defense cooperation with India and Pakistan will have nowhere to go.

kashor Nov 18, 2014 02:43pm

What makes a militant non dangerous can the Minister Clarify. And which one.

harsh Nov 18, 2014 02:54pm

Sir you should do than becaus you take 1.5bn $ every year as coalition support fund for killing their enimies.

Sarfraz Nov 18, 2014 02:54pm

Courageous statement from one of the top officials in Pakistan government. Yes, this should be part of foreign policy.

Harsh Nov 18, 2014 03:02pm

When Haqqani based in Pakistan attacks Afghanistan, it is Pakistan's responsibility to tackle it. You just cannot allow anyone on your soil to attack a foreign country. This simple logic seems to by pass most Pakistanis here who openly side with the terror.

fida sayani Nov 18, 2014 03:04pm

@Satyameva Jayate Both. Army gets laddoos from America and Sharif government from China. And India gets from both America and Russia, because they sell themselves handsomely, after all they are the follower of NEHRU.

Ahmed12 Nov 18, 2014 03:07pm

Filth is filth. you keep it in dustbin or you keep it in a beautiful pot ,all those hazards will be there.I am afraid we will never learn from our mistakes. Although even Americans ,Saudis and Qatar have also this mindset and they nourished and fed terrorist groups to Syria. Now the outcome is ISIS.

haris Nov 18, 2014 03:12pm

@Sandip Bhattacharya Same applied with Baloch Terrorists who have sanctuaries inside India. Marri has openly thanked Indians for their support. So ask yourself, “Why should Pakistani's enemies unnecessarily become enemies of India?"

Chetan Chandra Nov 18, 2014 03:14pm

Pakistan have a good experience in creating good & bad militants. What a logic ! Terrorists are terrorists.

Amrut Nov 18, 2014 03:19pm

Senility has definitely set in. That's why you protect Dawood Ibrahim etc..You will regret only when you are hit. learn from the history. Remember Indira gandhi supported Bindrenwala and what happened.? She paid a heavy price..her life. is it what you want?

Pc Nov 18, 2014 03:36pm

@Ahmed12 And the Saudis are begging & crying now. They are damn scared of ISIS and one wont wonder if they sign peace deal with Assad if that helps them to escape from ISIS. As you said, filth is filth, but, unfortunately, some people & some countries try to project & justify filth as rose water if the filth is in front of their neighbors!

vidurar Nov 18, 2014 03:41pm

Is that why you gave asylum to Osama Bin Laden, because you think he was a gentleman militant? Don't be a laughing stock of the world please.First you should show some courage and say "no" to all US aid .Then make big statements like this.

Pc Nov 18, 2014 03:45pm

@rehan my dear, whatever logic you give, this statement is definitely going to cause trouble for your army chief in USA. Your army just yesterday criticized US report ''about Pakistan using terrorists as strategic assets'' as false propaganda, now, your adviser to PM is accepting exactly what was mentioned in those reports.

You judge why no one believes you people.

Ahsin Nov 18, 2014 03:59pm

Calling them militants and saying that they should not be targeted.... huh

Laddoo Nov 18, 2014 04:03pm

"Enemy of my enemy is my friend" or in this case "I do not want to make enemy of someone who is not my enemy".

Not sure why all the Indian commenters are getting so worked up about.

aashish Nov 18, 2014 04:22pm

How can you differentiate between good terrorist & bad terrorist, Mr Aziz? ?

PULSE Nov 18, 2014 04:25pm

I think this statement is not good for any country or for the whole human being, if Afghanistan, Iran and other countries think that the militants kill pakistani people they're the good terrorist, then all world United and ....... think about the people those who are in abroad and working for their families how they will face the whole world, think and......

SOHAN Nov 18, 2014 04:26pm

So again you can't change.. until you will not stop your policy of good terrorist and bad terrorists Pakistan can never come out from the disastrous situation which it had created for its neighbor but now it's the one who is suffering the most. All countries should come forward to make world terrorism free. Pakistan should change its attitude which i doubt it will ...

Ahmed Nov 18, 2014 04:26pm

That's more like a man. I dont support PML-N but they are showing some muscles now (based on reasons). Thumbs up for Sartaj Aziz.

SOHAN Nov 18, 2014 04:27pm

and if you don't help America, do you think he will give you the money which Pakistan has been receiving from USA in the name of fight against terrorism? Those money Pakistan uses for its military purpose

Adventurer Nov 18, 2014 04:35pm

Wow good to hear that their are good militants as well - they why do they call them as militants.

Set free all those put in jail, let them roam freely in Pakistan.

Hussain Nov 18, 2014 04:40pm

So, 50000+ civilians killed by these militants inside Pakistan is OK for Sartaj Aziz and not a threat? Shameful indifference!

IBN E ASHFAQUE Nov 18, 2014 04:47pm

@sudhakar Try to understand where will Pakistan be tomorrow.

A A Nov 18, 2014 04:47pm

Unfortunately he is adviser to P M

khanm Nov 18, 2014 05:06pm

@sky .... he is scared that why he gave a brave reply....

Jakoji Nov 18, 2014 05:19pm

@Nisar: Because Afghan Taliban has used Pakistan's tribal areas as a base... Can't you see this?

Satyameva Jayate Nov 18, 2014 05:22pm

Then why did Pak receive $12 BILLION in Coalition Support Funds from the tax payers of the USA??? Will anyone please ask him?

Satyameva Jayate Nov 18, 2014 05:36pm

Which Mr. Sartaj Aziz is telling the truth? On July 21, 2014, the following was reported: " “The Adviser (Mr. Sartaj Aziz) highlighted Pakistan’s monumental effort to address the threat of terrorism and underscored that the military operation was addressing this menace without any discrimination or distinction,” a Foreign Ministry statement quoted Aziz as telling ambassador Dobbins."

zak Nov 18, 2014 05:39pm

He said nothing wrong. Just common sense. Israel shot up an US navy ship, it was excused away as a mistake. India shot two US pilots near Goa in 1956, it was hushed up and no compensation has been paid to their families to date. If there are Taliban otr other fighters who respect Pakistan and its people, why should we bomb them. A no brainer.

Zierbu Nov 18, 2014 05:41pm

Good. So we should not accept aid from US also. Can minister dare say that.

Ammy Nov 18, 2014 05:46pm

@Laddoo call spade a spade , and call evil as evil. Hope you understand now.

Merchant Nov 18, 2014 06:01pm

You are talking like a senile politician such as Qaim Ali Shah who once said that children death in Thar were birth related and not due to the famine.

Modiphobia Nov 18, 2014 08:20pm

@zak 'A No Brainer' - is that your signature at the end of your statement?

muhammad Nov 18, 2014 08:42pm

@Syed Sensible what a nonsense

Su6ra Nov 19, 2014 12:53am

It is like saying "Mosquitoes that dont bite must not be disturbed ". Great going chief !

shrey Nov 19, 2014 01:48am


Ya right, that reply couldnot have come from any smart person because he would have known that snakes can not be distinguished between good snake and bad snake

M Khan Nov 19, 2014 05:19am

Army snubs ‘malicious’ Pentagon report on Pakistan. ???????????????????????

ShahG Nov 19, 2014 06:26am

Is he out of his mind? so as long as militants dont attack ....its ok and no one should touch them? does he realize the foolishness of his statement, this is the tolerating mentality that has made Pakistan such a basketcase. There SHOULD BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ALL MILITANTS....PERIOD...END OF STORY Mr Aziz.

vkm Nov 19, 2014 08:52am

@Nisar the difference is US don't keep these people in their backyard. Their playground are far away from USA. Here all these terrorist groups are sitting in Pakistan and tomorrow they will certainly go against Pakistan....this is what happening today.

Chetan Chandra Nov 19, 2014 10:31am

NSA:- Nation's Satyanash Advisor

Pakistan is the only country in the world where we have good & bad terrorists.

Vicky Nov 19, 2014 11:03am

Very good and logical reply.

Arshad Nov 19, 2014 11:42am

This was another spanner thrown by N League to malign and further pressure Pak military, for obvious reasons. Or he [Aziz] has justified why PM didn't promote him to Foreign Minister level yet!

satyavrata Nov 19, 2014 03:37pm

In other words, Pakistan should leave alone all those militants who are operating from its territory and/or support them as long as they only harm other countries. Also, why should he attack militants who are only attacking Shias? Valid point.

kepler-8 Nov 20, 2014 07:53am

This guy is a complete failure. He is still living in 80's.

Pankaj Nov 20, 2014 12:32pm

@Md Imran "Why should we pick up fights with those who have helped us in the past and will help us in future ?"

How did they helped you in past and what kind of help are you looking for in future? Do you mean proxy wars with neighbors?

C Roy Nov 20, 2014 02:22pm

I have just two questions.. Sartaj, do you have an assurance from the "Good / Helpful Terrorists", that they would never turn against Pakistan, whatsoever the reason? and the obvious next.. who underwrites this assurance? ISI, PAK Army, the establishment at large?

Honest answers to the above queries would clear up a lot of doubts..

Mohyal Nov 20, 2014 02:39pm

Exactly. That is why Bil Laden had a cozy home in Abbotabad

Agha Ata Nov 20, 2014 06:48pm

Then, why are they still called militants? Militants against what, whom?

SYED HASSAN HASEEB Nov 21, 2014 11:02am

a terrorist is a terrorist good or bad what equipment you have to test, pl stay away from them . a very good statement when a top delegation is visiting usa . the govt is being run in a very funny way.

Arshad Nov 21, 2014 09:16pm

Anyone who harms an innocent person anywhere should be called a militant and we should bring him to justice.