PM Abbasi compares Pakistan's success with global defeat against terrorism

Howard TerryApr 06, 2018

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to travel to Afghanistan on April 6 on a landmark visit that could help ease tensions between the two neighbors.

During the three-day conference organised by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), the premier said Pakistan is not only just an ally but a frontline state in the war against terror.

The statement said the prime minister will have in-depth consultations in Kabul with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on matters of mutual interest including strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation. "We do not believe that there are terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan". The theme symbolised Pakistan's long struggle in bringing peace back to its nation after facing a multitude of challenges on national and worldwide fronts. Scholars, experts, policymakers and politicians from Pakistan also attended the IICTF-2018.

On the issue of Afghanistan, PM Abbasi said, "nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than us". "I always ask people to look at the polling stations to know how many times Pakistan has rejected terrorism".

"The worldwide community should accept what is going in Kashmir, atrocities are being committed, human rights are being violated".

While speaking about the humanitarian crisis in Indian held Kashmir he said that this issue will only be resolved through the implementation of UN Security Council resolution.

The prime minister asserted that there are no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, a claim made by US President Donald Trump a year ago while revealing his South Asia strategy.

The prime minister added, "Pakistan paid a heavy price in the war".

Earlier, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif addressing the ceremony emphasised on a need to work for the sustainable development.

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