Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pakistan stresses ‘comprehensive approach’ to fight terrorism

NEW YORK: Reaffirming his government’s commitment to combating terrorism, Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon has said a comprehensive approach that includes political, legal, developmental, human rights and operational measures would ensure the eradication of the menace.

In line with Islamabad’s continuing commitment to global counter-terrorism measures, ambassador Haroon announced at an event in Washington that Pakistan would ratify the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in September next.

The 1999 Convention is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of global criminal prohibitions on terrorist financing and helps prevent terrorist organisations obtaining resources to support their activities.

Against this backdrop, ambassador Haroon said President Asif Ali Zardari was pursuing a three D’s approach—dialogue, development and deterrence.

The event was jointly organized by two Washington-based think-tanks—the Center for Global Counterterrorism Cooperation and International Peace Institute (IPI).

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