NEW YORK: The Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan will continue to support international efforts against terrorism.
In his speech during the 5th ministerial meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) held on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the foreign secretary expressed Pakistan’s support for the work of GCTF especially in the field of countering violent extremism and the criminal justice and rule of law sector.
The foreign secretary said that Pakistan stood with the international community in dealing effectively with issues of kidnapping for ransom, and the threat posed by the foreign terrorist fighters.
Chaudhry also highlighted the efforts of the Pakistani government in dealing with the scourge of terrorism as well as the numerous sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan and its law enforcement agencies in this struggle.
The meeting was co-chaired by the US Secretary of State and the Foreign Minister of Turkey, and was attended by several ministers and high-level officials of the GCTF member states.
The GCTF was established in 2011 as a platform to identify civilian counter-terrorism needs, mobilize necessary expertise and resources to build state capacities, identify and share best practices in the realm of countering terrorism; and generate political will and understanding on counter-terrorism issues. Pakistan is one of the 30 founding members of the Forum.