Pakistan committed to fight against terrorism despite challenges: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan had the resolve to fight terrorism despite economic challenges posed by the recent floods and global recession.
Talking to Cameron Munter, Ambassador of the United States (US) at the PM House, Gilani said that Pakistan expected that the pledges made by the international community in Tokyo be honoured in letter and spirit to enable it in building up its capacity in various sectors.
The Prime Minister said that terrorism was a common threat which calls for developing a joint strategy to compliment one another's efforts. He further added that war on terror had seriously implications for Pakistan's economy.
The Pakistan government, he said, was taking some unpopular decisions through reforms and restructuring of the economy but it was the responsibility of international community to assist it in gaining higher market access to the developed world to ease its economic difficulties. particularly the unemployment pressures.
The improved economic conditions, he added, would also help address the root causes of extremism and terrorism. The Prime Minister emphasized that Pakistan firmly believed that it was part of solution for Afghanistan's peace and security. Pakistan, he added, was willing to contribute towards that end by helping the Afghan government in training its national army, police and developing bureaucratic institutions.
Commenting on the misleading WikiLeaks, the Prime Minister mentioned that the government of Pakistan had already released its reaction on the subject and would ensure that its national interests would not be compromised by such mischief in any manner.
The US Ambassador stated that the malicious WikiLeaks would not have any affect on the strong and strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US, as both sides were resolute to address the misperceptions in the interest of long term cordial bilateral relations.
He that the US desired to strengthen mutual cooperation in various fields and focus on concrete projects of development in Pakistan as well as establish better business relations between the two countries. The US Ambassador while acknowledging Pakistan's contribution in helping to bring about peace in the region, said that Pakistan had a legitimate role in the future of Afghanistan. Salman Bashir, Secretary Foreign Affairs, was also present in meeting. -App
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