Pakistan committed SAARC members to join fight against terrorism: PM

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ISLAMABAD, August 4 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is committed to jointly working with SAARC member states in fighting terrorism, corruption and organised crimes.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the SAARC Interior Ministers’ Conference here on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said at national level, Pakistan has made remarkable gains against terrorism through operation Zarb-e-Azb and effective implementation of National Action Plan. These reflect the government’s determination to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from our soil for good.
He pointed out that SAARC region is blessed with tremendous human and natural resources. So, SAARC can and should provide a platform to optimally harness the regional potential for peace and prosperity of our people.
Nawaz Sharif said such an approach is in sync with his Government’s vision of peace for development and peaceful neighbourhood.
He said Pakistan has always been supportive of initiatives taken by SAARC to advance its ideals and objectives as enshrined in its charter.
He said Pakistan has also been strong advocate of stepping up regional efforts to ensure energy security through sharing of indigenous sources.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan shares the perception that connectivity is critical to the progress and prosperity of the region and supports, in principle, road, air, rail and water connectivity within the region.
Nawaz Sharif said realisation of the goals and objectives envisaged in SAARC charter is our collective responsibility.
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