Pakistan calls for comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism

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Pakistan on Wednesday voiced its support for a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism throughout the world, calling on the international community to address its root causes.

Pakistan's ambassador to the UN, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, made the statement at a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly (GA) reviewing the UN's counter-terrorism strategy.

"Pakistan supports a comprehensive strategy and its balanced implementation to combat terrorism that must address the root causes of terrorism including prolonged unresolved conflicts, unlawful use of force, aggression, foreign occupation," and injustice against humanity, said Haroon.

The ambassador reiterated Pakistan's condemnation of terrorism carried out in the name of religion, race, ethnicity, faith, value system, culture or society. In addition, he called for the counter- terrorism strategy to address "the unjust defamation of certain religions," particularly Islam.

"The unfair and bigoted portrayal of Islam and Islamic beliefs adds fuel to the fire of extremist and terrorist strategies and exacerbates the divergence in attitudes and perceptions between the Islamic and Western worlds," said Haroon.

Established in 2006 by the General Assembly, the UN global strategy to counter-terrorism focuses on four main pillars of action: tackling conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, preventing and combating terrorism, building state capacity and bolstering the role of the UN, and ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law.

With over 120,000 Pakistani security forces deployed along the country's border with Afghanistan, "Pakistan is in the frontline of the global campaign against terrorism," said Haroon.

"Pakistanis, who are not only victims of terrorism but also of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, are determined to rid Pakistan and the world of the scourge of terrorism," he added.

In the 192-member body's second review of the counter-terrorism strategy, Haroon said the plan should be "updated and revised substantively and regularly in the light of new changes in the world."

Source: Xinhua


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