British Home Secretary calls on President Asif Ali Zardari
Islamabad: Ms.. Theresa May, UK Home Secretary, called on President Asif Ali Zardari here at London today. Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present during the meeting
British Home Secretary was accompanied by Charles Farr, Fiona Cunningham, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Sir Adam Thomson and Faye Johnson while Pakistan’s side Secretary General Mr. Salman Farouqi, High Commissioner Mr. Wajid Sahamsul Hassan , Spokesperson Mr. Farhatullah Babar and other senior officials. were present during the meeting.
Matters relating to Pak-UK bilateral relations, the role of Pak-origin British citizens in Pakistan and their positive contributions and war against terrorism were discussed during the meeting.
Briefing the media Mr. Farhatullah Babar Spokesperson to the President said that while discussing Pak-UK bilateral relations, the President highlighted the historical equation of the two countries and underscored the need to enhance multifaceted strategic partnership between the two countries.
President Zardari said that in the ongoing fight against extremism, Pakistan was moving forward despite heavy toll of human lives and material losses. The President called for greater international support in assisting Pakistan in capacity building and overcoming the effects of war on our economy.
The President also underscored the need for further enhancing intelligence sharing mechanism in this fight against militancy.
Babar said that the President mentioned that Pak economy had suffered heavily due to war against terror and devastating floods of last year. Shrinking economic opportunities made the youth vulnerable to fall into the traps of militants, he said and called for creating economic opportunity for the youth.
The President said that Pakistan wanted peace in the region and has always supported every effort in this regard. He said that drug trafficking was one of the major issue in the region for its role in funding militants.
Babar said that President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated that Pakistan has always called upon the international community for concerted efforts to end the drug trafficking. He said that this was critical for durable peace, stability and socio-economic development of the region. The President reiterated his call for an integrated approach including promotion of alternative livelihood, agricultural development, eradication and reducing drugs consumption to check the menace,
UK Home secretary appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Government in war against terror. She assured British Government’s continued support to efforts of democratic dispensation in Pakistan to meet the challenge of militancy and overcome economic difficulties.
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