Pakistan, United Kingdom vow to stamp out menace of terrorism
Islamabad: The United Kingdom (UK) will make every possible cooperation with Pakistan to fight and erode menace of terrorism, said British Home Secretary, Theresa May on Friday while visiting Police Line Headquarters along with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
They paid tribute to the sacrifices of martyred policemen and laid floral wreath at National Police Martyrs’ monument. Rehman Malik and Theresa May met with the families of victims of terrorism and acknowledged the sacrifices of Shuhada. Upon their arrival at police lines headquarters, they were presented guard of honor and also laid floral wreath at Shuhda’s monument.
IGP Bani Amin Khan, DIG (Security) Ehsan Saidq, AIG Operations Sultan Azam Temuri, SSP Headquarters Zubair Ahmed Hashmi, SSP Muhammad Yousuf Malik, SSP (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood and other officials from Islamabad Police were also present on the occasion.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik thanked the visiting dignitary to spare her time for this visit to police line headquarters to recognize commendable services and sacrifices rendered by the police force while confronting terrorists.
Malik said Pakistan has suffered a lot in war against terrorism and expressed the determination of the government to fight against this menace till death of last terrorist.
He said it was not only the war of Pakistan but also of international community in order to make the world peaceful and secure. He also thanked the international community for extending technical and legal support to Pakistan.
He said Pakistan and United Kingdom share a powerful interest in fighting the extremism and terrorism that threatens people in both countries as well as the whole world.
Theresa May said that UK recognized that Pakistan has made greater sacrifices in fighting terrorism than any other country and she confirmed that the UK would stand with Pakistan to combat terrorism and extremism.
She also expressed sympathy with the families of those who have sacrificed their precious lives in the war against terrorism. Around 36,000 Pakistanis including 3,500 policemen have laid down their lives in the war against terror.
British Home Secretary, Theresa May recognized that Pakistan has made greater sacrifices in fighting terrorism than any other country and she confirmed that the UK would stand with Pakistan to combat terrorism and in this context reaffirmed the UK Prime Secretary Theresa May said the UK is investing for Pakistan’s future, not just its history, adding that the UK and Pakistan have a long history and strong cultural and family connections bind our people together.
“We want to see Pakistan become more prosperous. We are serious about building a long term partnership with Pakistan for generations ahead. We have consistently pledged our public support, regardless of the political backdrop. There is an unbreakable partnership we now have to build on it,” she said.
She said at the start of her second visit to Pakistan as Home Secretary, the ties between the two countries feel stronger than ever. She said the lives of our citizens are connected through travel and trade, family and culture, adding that there is constant and meaningful contact between our governments, institutions and civil society organizations as well. This is the bedrock of our partnership, she said.
Replying to a question, she said UK would also support Pakistan in detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and in this regard Pakistan would be provided equipment and technical assistance.
Earlier, IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan presented flower bouquet to visiting dignitary while Minister of Interior A. Rehman Malik presented her shield on behalf of Islamabad Police.
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