Pak­istan, UK need to work hand in hand to pro­mote peace: Nisar

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has said that UK and Pak­istan need to work hand in hand for pro­mot­ing peace, overcoming shared chal­lenges and forg­ing a ro­bust part­ner­ship in the area of coun­tert­er­ror­ism, or­ga­nized crimes and against those who put the peace of the re­gion at stake.

This he said while talk­ing to Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of State for For­eign and Com­mon­wealth affairs Philip Ham­mond here at Pun­jab House Tues­day.

He said that by virtue of trust and con­fi­dence tra­di­tion­ally en­joyed by United King­dom among the peo­ple of the re­gion, UK is equipped to play a lead­ing role to­wards so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, en­sur­ing long last­ing peace and pro­mot­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process in Afghanistan.

The meet­ing of the two lead­ers, com­pris­ing of two rounds, dis­cussed a whole gamut of Pak-UK bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship and mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion es­pe­cially fo­cus­ing on counter-ter­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion, com­bat­ing or­ga­nized crime, the is­sue of il­le­gal im­mi­grants and over­all sit­u­a­tion of the re­gion.

Dis­cussing Pak-UK bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, the In­te­rior Min­is­ter ob­served that Pak­istan greatly val­ues its friendly re­la­tions with UK and ap­pre­ci­ates the as­sis­tance that UK has pro­vided to the coun­try in overcoming chal­lenges. He said that there is need to fur­ther strengthen our ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion es­pe­cially in fight­ing the men­ace of ter­ror­ism and com­bat­ing or­ga­nized crimes.

The In­te­rior Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan does not look for pounds and pen­nies but de­sires to have a long term part­ner­ship of in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized as­sis­tance in terms of shar­ing of ex­per­tise, train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing of its in­sti­tu­tions.

He also re­it­er­ated that Is­lam should not be equated with mil­i­tancy by the West. The Min­is­ter said that UK has al­ways reached out to Mus­lim com­mu­nity to re­as­sure them that main­stream Is­lam has noth­ing to do with mil­i­tancy and ter­ror­ism. He said that Is­lam em­pha­sizes on peace and har­mony with all com­mu­ni­ties and mil­i­tants do not, in any man­ner, rep­re­sent true Is­lam.

Talk­ing about on­go­ing fight against mil­i­tants, the Min­is­ter said that Op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of our sin­cere ef­forts to com­pletely erad­i­cate this men­ace from our soil and we look for­ward to­wards in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity es­pe­cially to­wards our friends like UK to strengthen our ca­pac­ity to fight mil­i­tancy. The Min­is­ter said that Op­er­a­tion Zarb-eAzb prom­ises our coun­try and our com­ing gen­er­a­tions a new era free from the threats of vi­o­lence and in­se­cu­rity. The Min­is­ter said that the ef­forts of our armed forces and law en­forc­ing agen­cies un­der Zarb-eAzb have re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant suc­cesses how­ever the bag­gage of decades re­quires con­tin­ued ef­forts with com­mit­ment and sin­cer­ity of pur­pose.

Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary while ap­pre­ci­at­ing count­less sac­ri­fices of the coun­try and the peo­ple as­sured con­tin­ued as­sis­tance to the coun­try and its peo­ple in their fight against mil­i­tancy.

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