Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari on Saturday said regional cooperation and trans-national
linkages are essential for effectively fighting terrorism and
South Asian countries have a collective responsibility to
frame strategies to rid the region of militancy.
Zardari made the remarks during a meeting with
visiting SAARC Secretary General Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed.
"It was, therefore, national and collective
responsibility to make sincere efforts and implement
strategies to rid the South Asian region of terrorism and
militancy," he said.
The two leaders discussed matters related to
terrorism, drug trafficking and socio-economic cooperation
among member states of the South Asian Association for
Zardari said that each act of terror "reminded us of
the gravity of the issue of terrorism which transcended
national boundaries and considerations of ethnicity, religion
Pakistan is opposed to all forms of terrorism,
regardless of where they originate or where terrorists struck
innocent people, he added.
Pakistan has embarked on a plan to reform education as
part of a long-term strategy to fight the militant mindset,
He called on SAARC countries to actively cooperate
with Pakistan in this regard.
SAARC should also develop a comprehensive and holistic
regional strategy that includes sharing of best practices in
agriculture, technology transfer and efficient irrigation
systems to effectively preempt any future food crises, he
"Regional cooperation in South Asia is the only
realistic way forward for which the SAARC should be made more
relevant and visible," he said.