"We have lost our people -- we do not talk about war, we do not talk about vengeance," Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was quoted by AFP as saying in a speech on the first anniversary of the assassination of his wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto.
"Dialogue is our biggest arsenal," he told ministers and lawmakers in remarks broadcast live on state television, saying negotiations were "the solution to the problem of the region.
But Zardari warned
"We have non-state actors. Yes, they are forcing an agenda on us," the Pakistani leader said.
But on the subject of future action against such movements, he said: "We shall do it because we need it, not because you want it."
"This mettle has been tested many times. Please do not test it again... Allow us the freedom of democracy, allow us the freedom of choice," he said.
The Washington Post, however, said the moves involved no more than 5,000 troops, citing a senior Pakistani security official.
"We are taking the minimum required defensive steps for our security in the face of Indian troops' escalation at the border," the official was quoted as saying by the Washington Post. "Reports of heavy redeployment of Pakistani forces are false."
On Friday Pakistan Air Force enhanced vigilance and the fighter jets flew low over major cities to test their capability of countering a possible attack at night, according to Daily Times.
Accusing Pakistani national for involvement in the Mumbai attacks at the end of November,
Pakistani officials said Friday the military had moved troops from the tribal areas near
Although the senior security and defense officials described the troop movements as "limited", the news set off alarm bells in
"We also do not want either side to take any unnecessary steps that raise tensions in an already tense situation."