WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the Unites States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has underscored the need for a cooperative and synergetic approach to win the global war against terrorism.
In his address at a commemorative event held at Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC to pay tribute to 122 innocent children who were martyred by the terrorists in Army Public School (APS) Peshawar on December 16, 2014, the envoy reminded the local audience that the terrorism was a common enemy and the world should unite to fight it.
The ambassador said that Pakistan was winning the war against terrorism, and added that the resolve of the nation of Pakistan remained strong to defeat terrorism. He credited the success in this war to the unflinching commitment and supreme sacrifices of the people of Pakistan and its security forces.
During the event, in dedication to the martyrs of the APS attack, “A Factsheet on Pakistan’s CT Effort” was launched.
The Factsheet details Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism efforts and enumerates the price, the Country has paid in blood and treasure in the fight against terrorism. It specifically highlights the heroic sacrifices of Pakistan’s valiant armed forces and civilian security forces in restoring normalcy in the Country in general and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in particular.
The booklet previews the progress made under each point of 20-point National Action Plan (NAP), underlines Pakistan’s actions on anti-terrorist financing, and lists the steps taken to strengthen National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
While commenting on the Factsheet, the Director for Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute Marvin G. Wienbaum said that the issuance of these facts was a positive step and the booklet was comprehensive in nature. However, he noted that considerable effort is in hand as the job was not yet done.
The event was attended by South Asia watchers, Pakistani-American Community notables and covered by local and ethnic media.