Pakistan, a strong advocate of Afghan peace: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, terming fight against terrorism an irreversible process, said Pakistan was a strong advocate of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Talking to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who led a delegation at the PM House, he said the government’s resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism was getting stronger.The Prime Minister said his government took the decision to start operation Zarb-e-Azb in tribal areas to eliminate terrorism and mentioned loss of precious innocent lives and sacrifices of army and law-enforcement officials in this fight.

Antony Blinken said the United States appreciated the commitment of Pakistani leadership towards promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s strong statement of endorsing the legitimacy and sovereignty of Afghan government
and Afghanistan. He said the U.S. recognized Pakistan’s efforts in its fight against extremism and terrorism and would help Pakistan and Afghanistan in promoting good economic relationship in future.