LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid says Pakistan had always kept the Kashmir dispute on the top of the agenda in its talks with India. However, he said, some terrorist activity just before the negotiations showed that terrorists were opposed to the Kashmir cause.

Talking to reporters here yesterday, the federal minister said terrorist activities had dealt a serious blow to the Kashmir cause.

Foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India are expected to meet in Islamabad during February. They will work out the schedule and agenda for talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

In response to a question, the minister said the government was committed to uprooting terrorism. He said Operation Zarb-i-Azb would continue till the achievement of its targets.

According to the minister, a number of terrorist activities had been prevented because of the timely action by the security agencies. Acts of terrorism, he said, had decreased substantially because of the performance of the relevant state institutions.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the loss could have been much graver if the security agencies had not discharged their functions efficiently.

He said all political parties had the same policy against terrorism. The PPP, he said, was also on the same page and was supporting the government’s efforts to make Karachi a terror-free city.

He dismissed the assertion that NAB was active in Karachi only. NAB cases, he said, were also in progress in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. It may be pointed out that the PPP alleges that the NAB is targeting Sindh alone.

The minister rejected criticism of the Orange Train project, arguing that the critics had targeted even the motorway project in the past.