ISLAMABAD, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's top national security adviser, Sartaj Aziz, said on Sunday there is no foreign pressure on the country regarding talks with the Taliban militants.
"There is no foreign pressure on Pakistan. However there is internal pressure on us to restore peace," Aziz told reporters in Islamabad after he spoke at a conference on Afghanistan.
Asked about the impression that there had been foreign pressure in the past that Pakistan should not opt for talks with the Taliban, he said, "There is no such pressure. We have held peace talks on several occasions."
He said the government has started the dialogue process with the Taliban following a parliamentary conference last year which represented the mainstream political parties.
"The conference had given a mandate to the government to adopt the policy of peace," the adviser said.
"There is no other option unless we use this option," he went on to say.
Sartaj Aziz earlier told the conference that Taliban had " violated" several peace accords in the past.
"The peace process is a complex issue because there were several agreements but they (Taliban) did not uphold them."
The adviser referred to the agreements in Swat valley and in South Waziristan tribal region and said the Taliban had not fulfilled their promises.
He said Pakistan has some internal issues that threaten the society and that is why the government has adopted such policies over the past several months to address those issues.
The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he said, has chalked out a counter-terrorism strategy that also includes some measures in Karachi, introduced new laws, pursued political and military solutions.
Referring to last month's targeted strikes in North Warizistan, Aziz said that the security forces launched counter attacks against the militants after their attacks on security forces.
"We sent them strong message that they will receive a befitting response," he said.
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