Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday said Pakistan wants peaceful coexistence with all its neighbours, including India, but any threat to its security will be thwarted.
Addressing a gathering of civilian and military officials at a function here to mark the country's 69th Independence Day, the President said, "Pakistan desires peaceful coexistence with all the neighbouring countries, including India, but any threat to our security will be thwarted."
"Pakistan will not compromise if there is any threat to our territorial sovereignty," he said.
Apparently referring to firing incidents along the LoC, he regretted the recent "acts of aggression" on the eastern borders the country shares with India.
He said the government is pursuing a "bold and effective" foreign policy as a result of which its image has improved in the comity of nations.
Stating that Pakistan is in the midst of a war against terrorism, he said, "Terrorists and those working on the agenda of foreign enemies are trying to sabotage the peace in the country."
The President said that there were some "undesirable incidents" trying to destabilise the country and that the "action is being taken against negative, destructive elements which have tried to harm the unity of Pakistan."
"The government and the armed forces have launched a robust campaign against them, which has started showing positive results," Hussain said, asserting that the campaign against terrorists will continue till the elimination of the menace.
The President said, "The entire nation stands by the government and the armed forces in this war against terrorists who are on the run."
He hoped that this problem will be overcome "in a short span of time."
Hussain said the challenges of narrow-mindedness, extremism and terrorism faced by the nation can only be addressed by promoting modern education according to the vision of the forefathers