Use of Pakistani soil for terrorism totally out of question: Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday said Pakistan strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms, and emphasized that use of Pakistani soil for that purpose was totally out of question.

Talking to the Chairman of the European Union (EU) Military Committee General Mikhail Kostarakos at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president said there was no place for militancy and militants in Pakistan and the government was fully committed towards peace and stability in the region. He underlined that Pakistan had rendered unprecedented sacrifices during the ongoing war on terror.

The president emphasized that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the EU, and that the visit of the Chairman of the EU Military Committee General Mikhail Kostarakos would open up avenues for further defence cooperation between Pakistan and European Union.

The president underscored that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a project for peace, stability and economic development of the region and its full scale operationalization would help in putting an end to the unrest in the region.

In addition, the president appreciated the constructive role of EU Countries in Afghanistan and said they had also played a valuable role in various development projects in Pakistan. He also expressed the hope that this cooperation would continue in the future.

He also expressed his concern over the human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir and Indian violations of the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, and said the International Community should play its role to stop those Indian brutalities and violations.