Madrid: Pakistan and Spain expressed their
joint commitment to fight terrorism as they signed a broad
bilateral agreement on Wednesday aimed at enhancing cooperation on
security, trade and other issues.
The deal came during a meeting between Spanish Prime
Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Pakistani
counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, who is on the highest level
visit to Spain since then-president Pervez Musharraf in
"The commitment by both governments in the fight against
terrorism is a commitment to collaborate," Zapatero, whose
country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, told a joint
news conference after the talks.
"I am very grateful to Pakistan and thank you for the
efforts you have made to fight against radicalism and
terrorism in the region... I would like you to know that you
can count on Spain for the stability of Pakistan."
Gilani noted that Spain and Pakistan "have both been
victims of terrorism, and both countries are cooperating to
root out this menace."
Pakistan, which borders war-torn Afghanistan, has
suffered from increasing attacks by Islamist radicals in
recent years as it fights a home-grown Taliban insurgency.
The Spanish government announced in February it was
sending 511 more troops to Afghanistan, boosting its
contingent with NATO-led forces fighting Taliban insurgents to
Spain suffered its worst ever terror attack on March 11,
2004 when bombs exploded on packed commuter trains in a Madrid
suburb, killing 191 people and wounding 1,841 others.
In December a Spanish court convicted ten men from
Pakistan and one from India in connection with a plot to stage
suicide attacks on the Barcelona metro in 2008 which it said
"could have caused many casualties".