Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday called upon the international community to address root causes of terrorism, extremism and radicalism for sustainable security and stability of the globe.
“Pakistan is the leader in war against terrorism and has fought on behalf of the whole world,” the premier said while addressing the last day of International Counter-Terrorism Conference in Islamabad.
“I am happy to say that we won where rest of the world failed,” the premier added before highlighting that Pakistan used its own resources and rendered sacrifices in the war against terror.
PM Abbasi even took a jab at the foreign media outlets stating: “No matter what CNN says Pakistan was, is and will always be in the frontline against the war on terror”.
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He praised the role played by the army, police, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and the society who have contributed to the much safer Pakistan today.
“Our largest city was amongst the top ten most dangerous cities of the world and today Karachi is safe and just faces street crime,” the prime minister added.
The premier even shed light on how the economy is back on track and the results of CPEC are visible.
“If you look at polling stations, people have rejected radicalism and extremism,” he added.
He informed the audience that the country has countered extremism by developing a public religious stance on terrorism.
“For the first time over 1,800 ulema of all sects got together and issued a fatwa on the meaning of jihad and against the concept of suicide bombing,” he stated.
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When talking about Afghanistan, the premier said that Pakistan stands for peace in Afghanistan as war is not the solution. He later condoned the international narrative on Afghanistan and reiterated that peace in Afghanistan can only come with dialogue.
“The people instigating terror in Pakistan are sitting in Afghanistan,” he concluded.
The Prime Minister referred to the cold-blooded killing of 17 people in Occupied Kashmir and innocent children in Kunduz in Afghanistan and said such incidents breed extremism and radicalism.
Abbasi drew attention of the world towards freedom struggle of Kashmiris and said the issue of Kashmir can only be resolved through implementation of UN Security Council resolution.
He said Pakistan does not ask for more than that the international community should accept what is happening in Occupied Kashmir.