Pakistan seeks Afghan help to curb terror financing
14 November, 2012
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday stressed the need for Afghanistan and Pakistan to focus on curbing the financing of terrorism, noting there exists a clear nexus between the large-scale heroin trade and terrorism.
The president said terrorism was a common threat for Afghanistan and Pakistan and urged for working together on both sides for eliminating this scourge and to ensure peace and stability in the region. He said that the money generated from the heroin trade was being used to finance terror operations and said that we will conquer the heroin trade only through collective action. The president made these comments during a meeting with an Afghan delegation led by Afghan Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani at the Presidency.
Zardari assured the High Peace Council that Pakistan would continue to extend every possible support to its Afghan brothers in their journey towards peace and socio-economic development. He said that a peaceful, stable and economically developed Afghanistan was vital for Pakistan's own stability and prosperity.
The president said Pakistan firmly believed in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, which was the most viable way to ensure permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan. Peace process in Afghanistan, regional situation and Pak-Afghan bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting.
In a briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president welcomed the delegation of Salahuddin Rabbani and said that the people of Pakistan had a special place for late Burhanuddin Rabbani and assured that Pakistan would continue to work with him in fulfilling his late father Burhanuddin Rabbani's unfinished agenda for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
The president's spokesperson said that discussing recent incidents of shelling on the borders the two leaders urged for increased coordination between the two countries to percent such occurrences in future. Salahuddain Rabbani thanked President Zardari for the support and cooperation Pakistan has been extending towards peace, stability and development of Afghanistan.
Rabbani also called on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.