Nisar urges West to take Muslims on board in fighting terrorism
OBSERVER REPORT LONDON—Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan urged the Western countries on Tuesday to take Muslims on board and adopt a regional approach towards eradicating the menace of terrorism.
“Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and that linking it with the religion is unfortunate,” he said while speaking at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. ”There is a dire need to continue the efforts meant to eliminate this affliction,” Radio Pakistan has reported.
Chaudhry Nisar said that the number of times Pakistan has been left alone in war against terror adding that despite no Pakistani involvement in 9/11, the country has been constantly pressurised since the attacks.
Nisar said that Pakistan has suffered immense losses due to Afghan war and today the country was paying for the wrong decisions that former President Pervez Musharraf made after 9/11.
He stressed that the West should refrain from enforcing the solution to curb terrorism in the South Asian region as it had its own dynamics needing a regional solution rather than an imposed one.
Speaking about Pakistan’s efforts to root out terrorism, Nisar said terrorist incidents have declined by 38% compared to the last year, whereas suicide bombings particularly were reduced by 31%.
All in all, 14,000 intelligencebased operations were carried out by around 30 intelligence agencies during the last 18 months. The Minister said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has caused significant reduction in terrorism.
The interior minister further said the civil and military leadership were on the same page against the terrorism.Nisar, Theresa discuss bilateral ties
Meanwhile, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, during his meeting with British counterpart Theresa May, underscored the need for taking bilateral relationship a notch higher by enhancing mutual cooperation in all possible areas.
He called for further tapping the existing potential for cooperation between the two countries.
The two leaders discussed a host of issues ranging from cooperation in counter-terrorism, illegal immigration, organized crimes, counter narcotics, money laundering, Dr Imran Farooq murder case and other issues of mutual interest.