Zardari appeals for international support to fight terrorism

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 20:43

Islamabad: Terror attacks have
strengthened Pakistan`s resolve to fight militants and the
country needs more support from the world community for the
"stability of the region and overcoming economic stresses,"
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Britain’s
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development,
Andrew Mitchell, at the presidency here.
The two leaders discussed the fight against
militancy, bilateral relations and British support for the
government in Pakistan.

Pakistan`s democratic government is "successfully
moving forward in the fight against militants and security
forces are gaining successes despite great sacrifices,"
Zardari said.

Recent "cowardly attacks by militants on the innocent
had only strengthened the nation’s resolve to fight the
militants," he added.

"Pakistan and its democratic government need further
support from the international community for the stability of
the region and overcoming economic stresses," Zardari was
quoted as saying in an official statement.
Britain and Pakistan should strengthen their
partnership in education, science and technology and culture
and work closely for greater trade and investment in Pakistan,
the President said.

He also focussed on the need to enhance and
strengthen Pakistan`s counter-terrorism capacity by providing
equipment and training facilities and sharing timely
intelligence.

Zardari appreciated Britain`s development assistance
of 665 million pounds for 2009-2013.

Mitchell reiterated British support for Pakistan’s
democratic government in dealing with terrorism.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 20:43

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