Pakistan making all out efforts for promotion of regional peace and stability: Foreign Minister says Pakistan's legitimate security concerns in the region must be recognized

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has reiterated Pakistan's stance to play its positive role in bringing peace to the region through measures agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders. Talking to media in Washington, he said Pakistan seeks recognition of its legitimate security concerns in the region. The Minister said Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States. He said both countries can continue to work together for the common goal of peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia. Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is extremely concerned about safe havens of terrorists in Afghanistan. He said our armed forces have done extremely well in counter terrorism operations and no other country can match Pakistan's commitment and success.

Analysts on Telephone

Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema:

International community should recognize Pakistan's contribution against terrorism. India is playing very negative role, trying to destabilize the region. India is using Afghan territory to destabilize Pakistan. Pakistan has always been welcoming in negotiating and settlement of all outstanding disputes. Pakistan has been very positive while India is negative.

Pakistan has done more to eliminate terrorism than rest of the world: Maleeha Lodhi says Pakistan faces threats 'supported and financed from outside its borders'

Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, says Pakistan has turned the tide against terrorism through a series of determined actions. Speaking in a debate on terrorism at the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee, she said these actions have led to the destruction of terrorist infrastructures and bases in its tribal areas and along the Pak-Afghan border region. Maleeha Lodhi said success of its counter-terrorism operations has resulted in sharp reduction in terrorist activities across Pakistan over the past two years. She said the threat that we face today is primarily supported and financed from outside our borders.

Fauzia Nasreen:

Pakistan has taken effective measures in combating terrorism. Major operations are underway successfully. International community must realize that 40 percent Afghan territory is not under control of Afghan government. Terrorist elements have taken refuge in Afghanistan. United States and Afghanistan should ensure that Afghan soil not be used against Pakistan.

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