Gilani asks regional nations to join hands to fight terrorism
Describing terrorism as a trans- national and trans-regional phenomenon, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appealed to the countries of the region to partner Pakistan in fighting terrorism.
Islamabad: Describing terrorism as a trans-
national and trans-regional phenomenon, Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani has appealed to the countries of the region to
partner Pakistan in fighting terrorism.
Gilani said he had reaffirmed Pakistan`s "will and
determination to fight terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations" at the SAARC summit held in Bhutan during
"I underscored that terrorism is global, regional and
local, trans-national and trans-regional phenomenon. I
reiterated the need to join hands to fight it individually as
well as collectively," he said in a statement issued here on
his return from Bhutan.
Gilani said he had stressed the need for SAARC states "to
forge a common front, based on tolerance, on respect for human
dignity and universal values".
A meeting of Interior Ministers of SAARC states to be
hosted by Pakistan in June will help "strengthen cooperation
in this vital area," he said.
The premier said Pakistan had also stressed the need to
"create harmony and stability in the region to realise
socio-economic development and ensure the well-being of our
SAARC leaders supported Pakistan`s efforts for peace and
stability in South Asia, he added.
Gilani noted that member states had agreed to redouble
efforts to realise the "SAARC Development Goals which would
help in poverty alleviation, food and energy security, health
Referring to the summit`s theme of climate change, Gilani
said this reflected the common concern of SAARC states.
"Pakistan is particularly vulnerable to the adverse
effects of climate change and global warming," he said.
Noting that the summit had signed the SAARC Convention on
Cooperation on Environment, Gilani said: "Now we need to focus
on sharing best practices and pool our resources to adopt
region-wide mitigation and adaptation measures.
"I elaborated on the need for regional cooperation on
water conservation and water management," he said.