September 20, 2008
Zardari to Uphold Pakistan Sovereignty
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari says he won't allow either terrorists or foreign forces fighting them to violate the country's sovereignty.
In his first speech to Pakistan's parliament since his election as president replacing Pervez Musharraf last month, Zardari said Saturday he would fight Islamist extremists "wherever and whenever they may rear their ugly heads" but also warned against intervention by United States in its territory, the BBC reported.
Zardari says Pakistan remains a key U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism, but in recent months has voiced growing concerns over U.S. raids targeting Taliban militants in its territory, launched from neighboring Afghanistan, the BBC said.
Zardari, the husband of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is expected to meet U.S. President George Bush during a visit to the United Nations next week.