Terrorism must be countered with jobs: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has vowed not to let terrorism succeed.

Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday vowed not to let terrorism succeed, and said the way to defeat the menace was to provide jobs, education and health care for all.

Zardari further called for collective global efforts to counter terrorism at a conference on "Global Fight Against Terrorism" held in Tehran, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

"It is a disease of the mind that preaches intolerance and violence. Terrorists violate both human and divine values by inflicting death and destruction on fellow human beings. They have no religion," Zardari said.

"The way to permanently defeat militancy is to remove the fear and instability on which it thrives. The way to win this war is to give hope to our people in the future," he said.

Zardari said long-term solutions were needed to address the "political, economic and social aspects" of terrorism.

"All must avoid senseless use of force ... and ensure respect for the rule of law," he said.

He said respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of any country must be the basic principle of the fight against terrorism.

Zardari - who is in Tehran on a two-day visit - said Pakistan has suffered losses worth USD 67 billion in the fight against terrorism. Around 35,000 people, including 5,000 law enforcement officials, have lost their lives in the process.


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