Pakistan will not allow externally sponsored terrorism, threats of destabilization: Nawaz

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said Pakistan which has been the principal victim of terrorism, would not allow externally
sponsored terrorism and threats of destabilization to cause
turbulence in the country.

“Tens of thousands of our citizens and thousands of our
security personnel have been killed or injured in terrorist
attacks. This has only reinforced our resolve to eliminate the
scourge of terrorism.

“Our comprehensive strategy of law enforcement and
targeted military operations has produced remarkable results
and enabled Pakistan to turn the tide against terrorism,”
Nawaz Sharif said while addressing the 71st Session of United Nations General Assembly.

He said Pakistan’s priority goal of economic development
required internal peace and stability. “My country has been
the principal victim of terrorism including that supported,
sponsored and financed from abroad,” he added.

Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he said, was the largest, most robust and most successful anti-terrorism campaign anywhere in the world, deploying 200,000 of our security forces.

“Our comprehensive National Action Plan has the complete
endorsement of our people and our Parliament as well as our
security forces, all of whom have made heroic sacrifices to
defeat terrorism,” he added.

The Prime Minister, however, added that since terrorism,
was a global phenomenon, it must be addressed comprehensively and in all its forms, including state terrorism.

“The international community must coordinate its efforts
to accomplish this. These efforts should be taken collectively
and not unilaterally by the passage of any laws with extra-
territorial application targeted against certain countries,”
he added.

“We will not win the fight against terrorism and violent
extremism so long as we do not address their root causes.
These lie in poverty and ignorance, political and social
injustice and oppression, foreign intervention and occupation
and denial of the legitimate rights of peoples and nations,
especially the right to self-determination,” the Prime
Minister maintained.

“Until these underlying causes are addressed, it will be
difficult to counter the twisted narrative of violent
extremists and terrorists,” he added.