Islamabad, October 06, 2017 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi told the world body that Pakistan today faced a terrorist threat “primarily supported and financed from outside its borders”. But she said that Pakistan “will be able to defeat these forces too”, says a press release received here today from New York.
She was speaking in the UN General Assembly’s debate on ‘Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism’ which took place in its Sixth Committee. Highlighting Pakistan’s successful fight against terrorism, Ambassador Lodhi said that the country has turn the tide against terrorism as a result of its comprehensive efforts over the past several years, supported by a firm domestic political consensus.
Ambassador Lodhi told the UN that Pakistan has conducted the largest anti-terrorism operation anywhere in the world. “We have launched an across-the-board military campaign to destroy terrorist infrastructures and bases in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region and our tribal areas”.
“We also embarked on a law enforcement operation targeting those elements in our urban areas that had fled our military operations in the tribal areas”, she added. The success of Pakistan’s two-pronged approach, she said, has resulted in the sharp reduction of terrorist activities across Pakistan over the past two years. According to the Global Terrorism Index, terrorism in Pakistan is now at its lowest point since 2006.
“We have lost over 27,000 of our citizens and law enforcement personnel to this scourge and have also suffered economic losses of over US$120 billion”, she added. Expressing Pakistan’s firm resolve to continue its fight against terrorism, Ambassador Lodhi said that these human and financial losses have not diminished Pakistan’s commitment to fight this menace. “It has only reinforced our will to fight until the last terrorist is eliminated from our soil”, she stressed.
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