President Pervez Musharraf says he is determined that extremism and terrorism will be eradicated in Pakistan.
He was speaking in a televised address to the nation after officials said 75 bodies had been found at the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad.
Troops launched a 36 hour attack on the mosque early on Tuesday to flush extremists out of the mosque complex.
For months clerics and students had been defying the authorities in their campaign for Sharia law in the capital.
Students had kidnapped police as well as Islamabad residents they considered to be engaged in un-Islamic activity.
'Madrassa a fortress'
Gen Musharraf praised Pakistan's security forces for freeing the Red Mosque in Islamabad "from the hands of terrorists".
The outcome of this episode will determine the future of war against terror
"Unfortunately we have been up against our own people...
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