Published On: Thu, Aug 4th, 2016

Pakistan committed to fighting terrorism along with Saarc nations, says PM


Pakistan committed to fighting terrorism along with Saarc nations, says PM

ISLAMABAD: It is the final day of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation conference in the federal capital where interior ministers’ of the member states including Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh are meeting today.

Representing Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in his welcome address that the South-Asian region was facing multifaceted challenges including terrorism and corruption and pinned hope the Saarc platform would be fruitful in tackling those.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the participants of the conference and lauded Saarc’s role in the region despite conflicts and difference.

“Pakistan is committed to fighting terrorism along with other Saarc nations through regional connectivity since we need to make this region a peaceful region,” said premier in his short address in Islamabad.

Later Interior Ministers of India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan while Deputy Interior Ministers of Afghanistan and Maldives met Pakistan’s premier. The group of Saarc countries’ representatives was led by Secretary General Saarc, Arjun Bahadur Thakar.

During the interior ministers’ conference today, the member states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, besides Pakistan and India would also discuss recommendations issues relating to terrorism, narcotics, and smuggling and immigration issues by Saarc interior secretaries, who met in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Their meet also selected interior secretary Arif Ali Khan as chairman of the meeting of Saarc interior secretaries.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh reached the capital on Wednesday, making it the first visit to Pakistan by any high-level Indian official after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan last year.

Singh is visiting Islamabad at a time when Pakistan has been working hard to congregate world leaders’ attention to the growing human rights violations and killing in India-held Kashmir.

His visit was also marked by protests around the twin cities by leading Kashmiri activists, religious parties and civil society members.

It also seems that no separate meeting between the Indian home minister and his Pakistani counterpart, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, should be expected on the sidelines of the ministerial conference since they both have denied of any such possibilities.

News Source ARY

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