Interior Minister reaffirms Pakistan’s determination to wipe out terrorism

DNA20-04WASHINGTON: Pakistan has floated a five point strategy for global action plan in dealing with violent extremism.

Speaking at the White House Summit in Washington on Countering Violent Extremism, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the strategy could form the conceptual bedrock for the proposed plan.

He said five-point action plan dwells on strengthening local communities, winning the trust of mainstream peace loving majority, building resilience in local communities against radicalization, addressing the push factors driving people to extremism and focusing on education to promote tolerance and communal harmony.

The Interior Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s determination to wipe out terrorism and extremism despite all odds. The Minister informed the summit about Pakistan’s ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism.

Addressing the summit, US President Barack Obama acknowledged Pakistan’s significant contribution in the fight against terrorism. He recalled the sacrifices of more than hundred school children and their teachers in a terrorist attack on ArmyPublic School in Peshawar.

Obama also refered to Pakistan while underscoring that Muslims around the world have stood up for protection of minorities in their countries.

Addressing the summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said no cause or grievance can justify the unspeakable horrors that terrorist groups are carrying out against innocent people, the majority of whom are muslim women and girls.

He said these extremists are pursuing a deliberate strategy of shock and awe – beheadings, burnings, and snuff films designed to terrorize, provoke and divide us. DNA

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