Govt de­ter­mined to ex­ter­mi­nate ter­ror­ism: Kaira

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Qa­mar Za­man Kaira said that the gov­ern­ment was de­ter­mined to ex­ter­mi­nate ter­ror­ism from the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants of the sec­ond South Asian Youth Con­fer­ence (SAYC) here he said, "We will uti­lize all avail­able re­sources to ex­ter­mi­nate ter­ror­ism in or­der to en­sure durable peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of the re­gion."

Around 120 del­e­gates from SAARC coun­tries are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the South Asian Youth Con­fer­ence (SAYC) to dis­cuss re­gional peace, ed­u­ca­tion and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The min­is­ter said wars and con­flicts breed poverty and de­pri­va­tion and it is im­por­tant for the re­gional coun­tries to re­solve the dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions.

He said Pak­istan has made un­prece­dented sac­ri­fices in the pur­suit of restor­ing peace and pros­per­ity which has been ac­knowl­edged by the in­terna- tional community.Kaira stressed the need for uni­fied re­gional ap­proach to de­feat mind-set prop­a­gat­ing ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism. The min­is­ter said ter­ror­ists would not be al­lowed to im­pose their ne­far­i­ous de­signs through use of force.

Ex­press­ing his op­ti­mism, he said, youth of the re­gion have po­ten­tial to con­vert chal­lenges into op­por­tu­ni­ties. He said youth are the real fu­ture and urged them to play ac­tive

role in putting the re­gion on way of progress. "Youth's role is key for re­gional peace and pros­per­ity".

Kaira said no doubt Pak­istan and In­dia had bi­lat­eral is­sues to re­solve yet, but both the coun­tries had mu­tual un­der­stand­ing to fight poverty and il­lit­er­acy.He said Pak­istan and In­dia had check­ered re­la­tions in the past but now things were chang­ing, as both coun­tries had re­al­ized that hos­tile re­la­tions were not in their in­ter­est.

He said it was a pos­i­tive sign that both the coun­tries were co­op­er­at­ing with each other in var­i­ous sec­tors.

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