Re­solve to fight ter­ror­ism is 'un­flinch­ing': Nawaz

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day, terming the na­tional re­solve to fight ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism as "un­flinch­ing", said ev­ery ef­fort would be made to root it out from ev­ery nook and cranny of the coun­try. "Those threat­en­ing our kids from go­ing to schools, will be de­feated," the Prime Min­is­ter re­marked at a high-level meet­ing held to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP). The meet­ing was briefed about dif­fer­ent stages of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of NAP across the coun­try. The Prime Min­is­ter said suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of NAP was im­per­a­tive for ev­ery­one. "The un­matched sac­ri­fices ren­dered by Law En­force­ment Agen­cies (LEAs) are com­mend­able in this re­gard," he added.

The meet­ing ap­pre­ci­ated the suc­cess, achieved in the on­go­ing Op­er­a­tion Zarb-eAzb. The meet­ing was at­tended by Chief of Army Staff, Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, Min­is­ter for In­te­rior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, DG ISI Lt. Gen­eral Rizwan Akhtar, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Lt.

Gen­eral (Retd) Nasser Khan Jan­jua and se­nior civil and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif will at­tend the Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit be­ing held in Wash­ing­ton on March 31- April 1, at the in­vi­ta­tion of US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

For­eign Sec­re­tary

Aizaz Ah­mad Chaudhry trav­elled to San Fran­cisco this week where he at­tended a prepara­tory con­fer­ence that dis­cussed pro­ce­dural mat­ters re­lat­ing to the sum­mit, which will be at­tended by the heads of govern­ment and states of 35 to 45 coun­tries. Pak­istan's Am­bas­sador to the US, Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani also at­tended the prepara­tory meet­ing.

Prime Min­is­ter's meet­ings with the world lead­ers are be­ing sched­uled and he is also ex­pected to meet Pres­i­dent Obama on the side­lines of the sum­mit.

The con­fer­ence is last of the se­ries of such sum­mits as part of an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to se­cure vul­ner­a­ble nu­clear ma­te­ri­als, break up black mar­kets, and de­tect and in­ter­cept il­lic­itly traf­ficked ma­te­ri­als. The first Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit was held in Wash­ing­ton in 2010, fol­lowed by ad­di­tional sum­mits in Seoul in 2012 and The Hague in 2014. Prime Min­is­ter Sharif had at­tended the meet­ing in The Hague. Th­ese sum­mits have achieved tan­gi­ble im­prove­ments in the se­cu­rity of nu­clear ma­te­ri­als and stronger in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions that sup­port nu­clear se­cu­rity. There were no other de­tails avail­able about the sum­mit, but a state­ment posted on the White House web­site in Au­gust said that the 2016 sum­mit will con­tinue dis­cus­sion on the evolv­ing threat and high­light steps that can be taken to­gether to min­i­mize the use of highly-en­riched ura­nium, se­cure vul­ner­a­ble ma­te­rial, counter nu­clear smug­gling and de­ter, de­tect, and dis­rupt at­tempts at nu­clear ter­ror­ism.

The planned out­come of the Sum­mit in­clude a com­mu­nique high­light­ing progress made and work still to be done to pre­vent nu­clear ter­ror­ism. Lead­ers will also en­dorse plans to strengthen the en­dur­ing in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and ini­tia­tives that sup­port nu­clear se­cu­rity to en­able them to carry for­ward and build upon the legacy of the Sum­mits, the Aug. 5 White House state­ment said about the up­com­ing sum­mit.

The United States has said it is con­fi­dent that Pak­istan is well aware of its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with re­spect to nu­clear se­cu­rity and has se­cured its nu­clear arse­nal ac­cord­ingly. In a meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Prime Min­is­ter Sharif held in Oc­to­ber, the two lead­ers had com­mit­ted to work to­gether to make the 2016 Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit hosted by Pres­i­dent Obama a suc­cess.

Pres­i­dent Obama had wel­comed Pak­istan's con­struc­tive en­gage­ment with the Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit process and its co­op­er­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency and other in­ter­na­tional fo­rums. For­eign Sec­re­tary Chaud­hary, dur­ing his visit also had an in­ter­ac­tion with the Pak­istani com­mu­nity in Los An­gles and also ad­dressed the World Affairs Coun­cil. He is sched­uled to at­tend a com­mu­nity func­tion in Hous­ton on Mon­day, be­ing or­ga­nized by the Asia So­ci­ety.

Ad­viser to PM on For­eign Affairs Sar­taj Aziz meet­ing with Am­bas­sador of Swe­den To­mas Rosander.

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