UN has key role in pro­mot­ing world peace, says Zar­dari

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari has said that the United Na­tions has a crit­i­cal role in not only pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able peace and eq­ui­table so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment across the world but also to safe­guard those pris­tine val­ues of tol­er­ance and in­ter­faith har­mony that were fast erod­ing dur­ing the present times in view of ris­ing wave of in­tol­er­ance and threats from the mil­i­tant mind­set.

This he said dur­ing his meet­ing with Mr. Jef­frey D. Feltman, UN Un­der-Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, who called on him at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr to­day.

Those who were present dur­ing the meet­ing in­cluded among oth­ers Mr. M. Sal­man Faruqui, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral to the Pres­i­dent, Spokesper­son Se­na­tor Farhat­ul­lah Babar, Ms. Nasreen Haque, Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent, Mr. Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani, For­eign Sec­re­tary Am­bas­sador Ma­sood Khan, Pak­istan's PR to UN, New York and other se­nior of­fi­cials.

Spokesper­son to the Pres­i­dent Se­na­tor Farhat­ul­lah Babar said that dur­ing the meet­ing the Pres­i­dent said that Pak­istan at­taches great value to the ef­forts of UN and high­lighted the con­tri­bu­tions made by Pak­istan to­wards the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil's work, in pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ing ef­forts and pur­su­ing a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to­wards counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts dur­ing its pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil.

The Pres­i­dent noted that as a lead­ing troop con­tribut­ing coun­try to UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, Pak­istan to-date had contributed scores of thou­sands of peace-keep­ers in 23 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and 41 peace­keep­ing mis­sions at dif­fer­ent times. He said that over eight thou­sand per­son­nel were con­tribut­ing to­wards UN peace keep­ing ef­forts at present.

The Pres­i­dent said that de­spite be­ing the ma­jor vic­tim of the war on ter­ror, Pak­ista­nis were de­ter­mined to pur­sue their strug­gle till its log­i­cal con­clu­sion. In this re­gard the Pres­i­dent high­lighted huge sac­ri­fices made by the peo­ple and se­cu­rity forces of Pak­istan. He said that the war against mil­i­tant mind­set was a long drawn bat­tle that needed con­certed ef­forts and com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach in ad­dress- ing those is­sues that bred mil­i­tant mind­set.

The Pres­i­dent said that Pak­istan de­sires peace and would con­tinue to sup­port ev­ery ef­fort of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that is aimed at pro­mot­ing peace in the re­gion and across.

He said that Pak­istan be­lieves that through di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion, long-stand­ing is­sues can be am­i­ca­bly re­solved in or­der to en­sure long-term and sus­tain­able peace. He said that the Government of Pak­istan un­der­took pol­icy de­ci­sions for the im­prov­ing its re­la­tions with In­dia and has also been in the front lines in lend­ing sup­port to peace, sta­bil­ity and so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the neigh­bor­ing Afghanistan.

On Afghanistan,

the Pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated that Pak­istan was com­mit­ted to peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan and fully sup­ports Afghan-led peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process. The Pres­i­dent said that Pak­istan be­lieves that the UN also has an im­por­tant role in shap­ing the present and fu­ture of Afghanistan.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the lead­er­ship of UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the Pres­i­dent lauded his con­tri­bu­tions to­wards fur­ther strength­en­ing the UN sys­tem of main­tain­ing peace and pro­mot­ing so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the world. The Pres­i­dent lauded the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral's role to help Pak­istan dur­ing floods and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. He also ex­tended in­vi­ta­tion to UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral to visit Pak­istan at his con­ve­nience.

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