Pakistan committed to wiping out terrorism, Zardari tells US

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NEW YORK, May 21 (APP): Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed concern over the current strain in Islamabad-Washington relations, saying Pakistan was committed to combating terrorism.

“We are fighting for our lives,” Zardari, who is also co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), said, referring to mass-casualty attacks by the Taliban and Al Qaeda, most recently in Lahore, in a letter published in The New York Times on Saturday.

“If there are factions in Congress that don’t believe that we are committed to fighting terrorists, they should come to Pakistan and bear witness to our solidarity and resolve,” the former president said, while responding to a recent Times’
editorial that blamed Pakistan for all the troubles in neighbouring Afghanistan.