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Germany assures to continue support and cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Berlin in Germany. They expressed satisfaction at the status of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Germany. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the two countries enjoy cordial relations based on common interest and shared perceptions on major international issues. He said that Pakistan strongly desires to further diversify its existing relations through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that terrorism and extremism are the biggest threats to peace and stability in the region as well as the entire world and it can be curbed through closer collaboration amongst the world community. The German Chancellor said that Germany also attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and needs to further cement them. She said that Pakistan is an important country in region and it is a strong desire of her country to see Pakistan as a prosperous and stable country which was also in the interest of the region and the world. She agreed for enhancing relations between parliamentarians of both the countries.

Army Chief and German Foreign Minister also discussed bilateral relations, regional security and peace at a meeting in Berlin on June 21, 2016

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. On this occasion they discussed bilateral relations, regional security and peace in region. German Foreign Minister acknowledged Pakistan's contribution in war against terrorism and for regional peace. He said that Germany understands Pakistan's challenges and assured full support for efforts for stability and peace in region. Army Chief also held an interactive session in Koerber Foundation, a renowned think tank in Berlin. He explained in detail the challenges faced by Pakistan and its contribution towards peace and stability in the region. Army Chief said Pak successfully closing up to concluding Operation Zarb e Azb and armed forces have cleared entire FATA up to borders. He further said armed forces have busted linkages and networks of terrorists in FATA. He said that Pakistan has sacrificed immensely, more than any other nation in the world. COAS said that terrorism has morphed into a global phenomenon and warrants global response. 

“Terrorism can only be defeated with unity and cooperation of int’l community”: Sartaj

Advisor on Foreign Affairs talks to the media persons in Islamabad

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that terrorism could only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community. He said the forthcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw is taking place under the long shadows of terrorism, turmoil and continuing conflicts. The advisor said operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan and concerted operations in other parts of the country against terrorists have been very successful and as a result, dividends have started reaching the people of Pakistan. He said Pakistan appreciates acknowledgement of our contributions by the international community.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has also called for strengthening international cooperation to combat intensifying terrorism

Pakistan's Deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Nabeel Munir told the UN General Assembly that no country alone can defeat this menace. He said the only way forward in this fight is to strengthen international cooperation, and that the United Nations is the best vehicle to accomplish that objective. Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Nabeel Munir said Pakistan has rendered huge sacrifices in this battle. He said the law enforcement operation, Zarb-e-Azb, one of the largest national counter-terrorism operations in the world, has resulted in significant successes.

Analysts

Mushtaq Ahmad Mehr (Former Ambassador):

“Both Germany and Pakistan have enjoyed cordial relations. After Britain’s withdrawal from European Union, Germany will play pivotal role in the organization. Germany keeps Pakistan in high regard to the role it played during the invasion of Afghanistan by former USSR. They consider that Pakistan had a great role in the fall of Berlin Wall. Germany has taken up the cause to treat Middle Eastern refugees fairly. It is hosting more than one hundred thousand refugees. Germans also pay a lot of respect to Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and in German institute the subject of Iqbal studies is being taught. Germany also helped Pakistan to get GSP-Plus status. This visit of Speaker National Assembly is very important.”

Dr. Muhammad Khan (IR Expert):

“The statement of the Advisor to PM is very important. Pakistan has gained remarkable achievement in Operation Zarb-i-Azb. Initially US promised to collaborate with Pakistan but later deserted it. Pakistan has pooled up its resources to fight this war. NATO army was not able to achieve what we have achieved. Pakistan has made it clear to stop cross border illegal movement. The centre of terrorists is Afghanistan and unless we secure our border, we will not be able to get rid of this problem.”


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