Pak­istan com­mit­ted to fight against ter­ror­ism de­spite chal­lenges: PM

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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

RAWALPINDI: Dr. John M. Kunene Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary of Na­tional De­fence and Se­cu­rity of the King­dom of Swazi­land called on Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Pro­duc­tion Sar­dar Saleem Haider Khan in Min­istry of De­fence Pro­duc­tion. -App

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