Nisar urges West to take Mus­lims on board in fight­ing ter­ror­ism

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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