Will not let Is­lam be hi­jacked: Zar­dari

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Pres­i­dent Asif Zar­dari has said the De­vel­op­ing 8 (D-8) group is a group of eight demo­cratic na­tions that have the abil­ity to work on their agenda, adding that the D-8 can help ce­ment re­la­tions be­tween the eight coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said this while ad­dress­ing the D-8 con­fer­ence af­ter tak­ing over chair­man­ship from Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan for two years.

The con­fer­ence in be­ing at­tended by Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Ah­madine­jad, Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan, Ad­vi­sor to Bangladesh Prime Min­is­ter Syed Go­har, Deputy Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter, Deputy Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Muhaud­din Yaseen and Egyp­tian Vice Pres­i­dent Mah­mus Mekki as the Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Mursi could not at­tend.

Ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence Pres­i­dent Zar­dari con­demned the Is­raeli at­tacks on Gaza and said Pales­tini­ans have been await­ing promised self de­ter­mi­na­tion for decades and the D-8 na­tions must look into this mat­ter.

Rec­og­niz­ing Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Morsi’s ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate peace be­tween Ha­mas and Is­rael, Pres­i­dent Zar­dari con­grat­u­lated the Egyp­tian pre­mier, adding that Pak­istan was proud of his lead­er­ship.

Pres­i­dent Zar­dari ap­pre­ci­ated In­done­sia’s sup­port for Pak­istan and said that the na­tion has a glow­ing record of stand­ing by Pak­istan in its hour of need.

While speak­ing about the is­sue of ter­ror­ism, Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said that ter­ror­ist groups seek to im­pose their agenda but Pak­istan will not let Is­lam be hi­jacked, adding that Pak­istan will con­tinue to fight against the dark and de­struc­tive agenda of ter­ror­ists.

Speak­ing about

the D- 8 na­tions col­lec­tively, Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said that the D-8 was a group of very im­por­tant na­tions and their re­la­tions were be­yond or­di­nary part­ner­ship.

En­dors­ing the core val­ues of D8, namely peace, di­a­logue, co­op­er­a­tion, jus­tice and democ­racy, Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said that the D-8 na­tions have the po­ten­tial to ad­vance the long term ob­jec­tives of their agenda, adding that Is­lam­abad will build upon the roadmap. Re­it­er­at­ing the im­por­tance of democ­racy, Zar­dari re­minded that democ­racy was at the very heart of Pak­istan’s iden­tity as it was founded through demo­cratic means.

Call­ing for D- 8 coun­tries to work as a cat­a­lyst for peace and pros­per­ity in the world, Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said Pak­istan and its peo­ple want peace, adding that the Pak­istani government is mak­ing un­prece­dented moves to make peace with In­dia and also sup­ports the peace process in Afghanistan.

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