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“Terrorism can only be defeated with unity and cooperation of international 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.

“PM will return home tomorrow after successful heart surgery”: Maryam

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is returning home on Saturday after successful heart surgery in London. This has been confirmed by his daughter Maryam Nawaz in a tweet on Friday. She said the Prime Minister would be reaching home on Saturday evening. A dedicated PIA aircraft will bring PM’s camp office back to Pakistan.

Analysts

M. Baligh-ur-Rehman (Federal Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control):

“This is a great moment for us. Prime Minister has recovered and coming back to Pakistan. He has been working in London during his treatment. He will be back tomorrow and will join us to lead this country to new heights. Since 2013, when Mr. Nawaz Sharif took office the situation of the country has rapidly changed. Within three years the overall energy and economic situation has drastically changed. Inshallah, after his full recovery he will lead Pakistan with new energy.”

Brig. (Retd.) Haris Nawaz (Defence Analyst):

“Pakistan has defeated terrorists in its Anti-Terror drive, but US has always made “DO MORE” demand. Pakistan has eliminated all terrorists group including Haqqani network. International powers are just pay lip service to Pakistan’s sacrifices, we do not see any concrete measures taken by them in the acknowledgment of our efforts. Pakistan needed F-16 aircrafts to wipe out terrorists’ hide-outs, but US denied giving subsidy due to Indian pressure. Due to some recent events, Pakistan US relations suffered some tensions. The US delegation’s visit under the leadership of Senator John McCain has helped normalizing these tensions.”


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