TASHKENT: President Mamnoon Hussainon Friday terming terrorism as the greatest challenge for Pakistan said becoming full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) would enable the country to have a better and effective platform to fight this menace. Utv Pakistan Report
We believe that the SCO provides the right security overhang under which we can fight this menace, the President said in his address at the 16th Council of Heads of State of Shanghai Cooperation Organization held here in the Uzbek capital.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayov and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbeg Atambayev attended the session.
The representatives of Iran Belarus and Mongolia were also present.
President Mamnoon Hussain who addressed the SCO forum in Urdu language said Pakistanss aim of curbing extremism and enhancing border security were in line with the objectives of SCO.
Pakistan understand better than any other country that terrorism poses the greatest challenge to our vision of common prosperity.
No other country has made greater sacrifices in fighting the forces of terrorism separatism and extremism, he added.
He said Pakistan had met every move made by these dark forces with firm resolve and with force whenever necessary and added that it remained committed to fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The President said the ongoing comprehensive and all out law enforcement action Zarb e Azb was against all terrorists groups without discrimination.
“I am happy to inform you that we turned the corner and achieved phenomenal success. The backbone of the terrorists had been broken and their main infrastructure has been dismantled,” he told the SCO leaders.
President Mamnoon said Pakistan firmly believed that the path to regional peace and stability lied in economic connectivity and development and mentioned that the country offered significant overland routes and connectivity for trade and energy transactions within the region and beyond.
In that context the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) implementation of which is now in full swing serves as the natural link between the SCO states and the Arabian Sea and South Asia, he added.
He said the CPEC would bring the SCO a step closer to achieving its vision of regional economic integration and strengthen the SCO s endeavors for the promotion of peace security and harmony in the region.
President Mamnoon said Pakistan was committed to take its engagement with SCO to the next level and start actively participating in the Organization s activities.
“Today is a significant moment for SCO and Pakistan,” he said.
He said SCO provides a useful forum to Pakistan in promoting peace and stability in South Asia including Afghanistan and termed regional stability the key to economic progress of nations.
“Peace in Afghanistan is crucial to regional connectivity and trade cooperation,” he added.