Chi­nese premier Wen praises Pak­istan’s fight against ter­ror

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan's sac­ri­fices in the global fight against ter­ror­ism should be rec­og­nized and re­spected by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Chi­nese Premier Wen Ji­abao told law­mak­ers in Is­lam­abad on Sun­day.

Wen was ad­dress­ing a joint ses­sion of Pak­istan's Na­tional Assem­bly on the fi­nal day of a state visit that mainly fo­cused on trade and busi­ness ties be­tween the long­time Asian al­lies.

Dur­ing the three-day visit, the two sides agreed to 35 new pacts ex­pected to bring up to $30 bil­lion dol­lars of in­vest­ment to Pak­istan over the next five years.

"Pak­istan was at the front of the in­ter­na­tional fight against ter­ror­ism and made big sac­ri­fices and im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions, which were ob­vi­ous to all," Wen told law­mak­ers. "The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should af­firm that and give great sup­port as well as re­spect the path of devel­op­ment cho­sen by Pak­istan."

He said the fight against ter­ror­ism should not fo­cus on spe­cific re­li­gions or eth­nic groups, but rather on erad­i­cat­ing the "root fac­tors breed­ing ter­ror­ism."

Pak­istan's tribal re­gions are home to thou­sands of mil­i­tants stag­ing or sup­port­ing attacks at home and on U.S. and other al­lied troops in neigh­bor­ing Afghanistan. Is­lam­abad's co­op­er­a­tion is seen as vi­tal to the fight against ter­ror­ism and to sta­bi­liz­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan. Pak­istan's mil­i­tary has launched sev­eral of­fen­sives in the coun­try's re­mote north­west where the in­sur­gents are based, but Is­lam­abad still comes un­der crit­i­cism in the West for not do­ing enough to stamp out the threat.

Much of the crit­i­cism is cen­tered on the mil­i­tary's re­luc­tance to move into North Waziris­tan, which is ef­fec­tively un­der the con­trol of a mix of Tal­iban, al-Qaida and af­fil­i­ated groups. Crit­ics also ques­tion whether coun­try has sev­ered its links with mil­i­tants who stage attacks in In­dia, Pak­istan's neigh­bor and ri­val. -PB News

IS­LAM­ABAD: Chi­nese Premier Wen Ji­abao ac­com­pa­nied by the Prime Min­is­ter, Speaker Na­tional Assem­bly and Chair­man Se­nate, on his ar­rival on Sun­day. -On­line

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