Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi to the United Nations stated that Pakistan has achieved overwhelming success in combating terrorism over the last few decades. However, it emphasized on the need of international cooperation for eliminating terrorism completely. At the UN headquarters during the high level United Nations Counterterrorism Conference in New York, Lodhi mentioned that terrorism remains the biggest security challenges. This often leads to instability in many parts of the world.
Lodhi also stated that Pakistan’s counter terrorism operations were made possible after paying high prices both at financial level and from the human-end. However, it didn’t curtail the country’s resolution to stop its fight on terrorism.
The meeting was summoned by Secretary General Antonio Guterres was aimed to establish a new partnership for multilateral cooperation and strengthening the counter-terrorism efforts of international communities. At the end of the two-day conference, the UN chief clearly pointed out to the delegates that they should fight terrorism without conceding the human rights and rule of law.
Lodhi further pointed out that Pakistan has been playing a key role in anti-terrorism operation. She stated that Pakistan even deployed 200,000 military forces for this reason. Now, Pakistan is trying to adapt other approach. Even though the magnitude of the challenges is truly impressive; still it can open path for new opportunities.
She stated that during the month of April, Pakistan held its first Islamabad International Counter terrorism Forum. It was attended by experts from the counter-terrorism department, political leaders, academicians, and religious scholars from all over the world.
She states that Pakistan is going to host National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) in the end of this month. Pakistan also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with other countries in order to improve their international cooperation by sharing information related to areas they excel, such as cyber security, counter terrorism, etc.
Pakistan envoy stated that it is working to bolster the scope of counter terrorism and criminal justice institutions along with the EU.