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Pakistan committed to eliminate terrorism, extremism: Zardari PM urges US to do more in supporting Pakistans 3-R strategy for IDPs.

ISLAMABAD, 25 May, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said Pakistan was committed to eliminating extremism and terrorism and will continue to make serious efforts in this regard for regional and world peace. Talking to US Senators Patrick Leahy, Mark Warner, Sheldon Whitehouse, who called on the President here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, he said Pakistan has rendered great sacrifices in the war against terror for its own survival. The President apprised the visiting US Senators about the massive international assistance needed in the relief and rehabilitation of internally displaced population. He said that the exodus of nearly two million people from the affected areas in the course of just few days had heavily strained the resources and infrastructure of the Frontier province. He said the government with the help of its allies was looking after the Internally Displaced Persons but needed much more international assistance. He appreciated the assistance of the US government in this regard and said it would help mitigate the sufferings of those who were rendering the supreme sacrifice of leaving their homes. He also appreciated the role of US aid agencies to help the government in providing relief to the millions of displaced. Those who attended the meeting included US Ambassador in Pakistan Ms Anne W Patterson and senior officials of relevant ministries. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday urged the world community especially the United States to do more by assisting in his governments endeavours for effective implementation of its 3-R strategy for the displaced persons. Talking to US Senators Patrick Leahy, Mark Warner and Sheldon Whitehouse at PM House, the Prime Minister said though Pakistan was fighting its own war against terrorism, the world would be the ultimate beneficiary of its success. Dispelling insinuations against Pakistans sincerity towards fighting war on terror, he said the whole nation and all institutions of Pakistan were united in undertaking the military operation against terrorists. On the governments 3-R strategy (Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction), the Prime Minister said that the objective was to win the hearts and minds of displaced people by ensuring provision of timely relief and safe return to their homes with honour and dignity. He said after restoration of peace in the region, the second and third phases i.e. rehabilitation and reconstruction would be initiated on war-footing. The Prime Minister appreciated the US government for its pledged assistance regarding capacity-building and displaced people, called for its expeditious disbursement. Of Swat peace deal agreement, the Prime Minister said it was endorsed by the parliament and had the support of whole of the nation. He said the promulgation of Nizam-e-Adl regulation in Swat was part of the efforts of the government to promote national reconciliation and its 3-D strategy to combat terrorism and extremism but the agreement was violated by the other side and the government had to resort to army operation to establish its writ. The Prime Minister said democratic Pakistan desires good relations with all its neighbours. He underlined the need to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issues of Kashmir with India in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people for a durable peace in the region. The US Senators agreed with the Prime Minister that the US has to play its role in resolution of this long festering dispute to enable Pakistan to focus its attention on combating terrorism. Emphasizing the importance of Pakistans political and economic stability, the Senators stated that the US Government will continue extending all possible assistance to Pakistan for achieving its objectives. They apprised the Prime Minister that part of the due Coalition Support Funds will be released to Pakistan by the US this week and the disbursement of pledged amount as assistance for displaced people will be fast-tracked. They also assured the Prime Minister their cooperation in the early passage of pending legislations for helping Pakistan. Federal Minister for Defence Ahmad Mukhtar and US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson were also present in the meeting.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 25, 2009
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