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World must help Pakistan against terror: Zardari

06 October, 2011

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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Wednesday, reiterated that it was shared responsibility of international community to assist Pakistan in its fight against militants as this 'Frankenstein' was once created by the world to meet objective of defeating the rival ideology.

He said Pakistan, having unequalled advantage of being aware of the on ground situation, was in a better position and was fully determined to continue fighting militants at a pace and manner that was best suited to the ground realities. "We will continue with our struggle at all costs and in all circumstances," he said.

This, he said, during his meeting with Stephen J Hadley, Senior Adviser for International Affairs, United States Institute of Peace and former National Security Adviser at President House here. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting.

Briefing about the meeting Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that matters regarding war against militancy, regional situation and Pak-US relations were discussed. The president, during meeting, said war against terror and militant mindset was a long drawn battle. He said every development in the ongoing struggle carries new challenges in its fold thus calling for more collaboration and consultations among the allies to deal with emerging situations. He said Pakistan has been at the foremost fronts to confront the forces of evil that threatened not only writ of the state of Pakistan and posed existential threat to it but also threatened world and regional peace and stability.

The people of Pakistan having realised the extent and nature of the menace, never hesitated to rise up to the challenge knowing the huge cost that they were to pay to fight scourge of militant mindset, he added.

The president said despite limited resources and institutional capacity, Pakistani nation remains committed to fight militancy and extremism even after suffering thousands of casualties and billions in economic terms. The nation, rightly expected and deserved recognition of its services by the international community, the president continued.

The president said from the very beginning of the struggle against militants, the democratic government pleaded before the international community, particularly its friends and allies, for adopting a holistic approach encompassing socio-economic approaches and military means were essential, to tackle the challenge of confronting militant mindset. The president said military means or use of force alone was not enough as deprivation, non-availability of economic opportunities coupled with injustices and lack of quality education were also factors that contributed to the growth of extremist ideology.

Discussing regional situation, the president said Pakistan has always supported and would continue to contribute for promotion of regional peace, especially in Afghanistan as it was directly affected by any development across the border.

The president said Afghan success was their success and they would continue to support Afghan government in their bid for Afghan-led and Afghan owned solution to their issues.

Discussing latest developments in Afghanistan, the president said professor Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was a set back to the peace process and a great loss to Pakistan too. He said, "We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that led to this unfortunate and tragic incident." He expressed the hope that his martyrdom would not deter the Afghan people from their march towards finding solutions to the existing problems and towards long lasting peace.

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