Pakistan condemns terrorism in all forms at UN’s Security Council

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations at the United Nations’ Security Council on Thursday.

Participating in the debate on “International Cooperation on Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism”, Ambassador Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan said, “Our national experience is that there should be zero tolerance for terrorists and violent extremists”.

He said both terrorism and violent extremism defy state writ, disrupt civil order, create anarchy to incite hatred, and execute their toxic agenda. Such violent acts, he argued, justifiably requires befitting military offensive responses.

“That is why for the past several months we have been prosecuting an intense Zarb-e-Azb counter terrorist operation to take out terrorists, to dismantle their networks, to staunch their flow inside and outside borders, and to destroy their support system”, Masood Khan added.

He said at the same time, Pakistan continues to make efforts to bring misled moderate youth back to national mainstream, de-radicalize them and reintegrate them.

“This requires both political idiom and economic incentives. For that purpose, we are investing in the social, educational, religious and economic sectors”, he added.

He said the government of Pakistan has intensified efforts to implement Security Council resolutions 2170 and 2178 and in this regard, real time information-sharing and effective coordination among all relevant national departments was most critical.

He said Pakistan welcomed the role played by the UN and its agencies in counterterrorism efforts and that it views the UN as a facilitator and provider of technical expertise in areas identified by the member states.

He said Pakistan supported the idea of a ‘Roster of Experts’ being developed by the UN Counter Terrorism Centre. Experts, well versed in local culture and environment, can act as a focal point in the UN system.

He said Pakistan proposed that the Council should weigh the benefits of creating a new post of a Special Representative on Extremism to synergize the work of the United Nations.

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