German envoy asks Afghanistan to support Pakistan against terrorism

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BERLIN Germany – German Special Envoy forAfghanistan andPakistan Michael Koch has said that Pakistan andAfghanistan are intertwined and peace in the region hinges on their close cooperation and mutual support rather than distrust in tacking terrorism.

He was talking to a six-member Pakistani delegation, led by Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel, who heads Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. The delegation briefed the German envoy aboutPakistan’s perspective on various national and international issues and updated him about recently launched military operation against the militants inNorth Waziristan.

“We support the military operation andAfghanistanshould extend support toPakistanin its efforts to eliminate terrorism,” Koch said. “You will be successful if you(PakistanandAfghanistan] go together,” he added. Referring to the recently passed Protection Act, Koch appreciated passage of the bill, and said that the extraordinary powers under this act must be used with utmost care and under only extraordinary circumstances as explained in its objective.

He said that the Federal Republic of Germany had a very active embassy inIslamabadand it would take all necessary steps to extend support to the Pakistan government with regard to the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPSs) of North Waziristan. Earlier, Senator Adeel gave an overview ofPakistan’s perspective on the issue of Afghan crises and its impact on the people ofPakistan.

On the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that all regional countries – neighbouring Afghanistan – have strategic stakes and their involvement in the peace process could only ensure a durable peace in the region. He said that Pakistani people showed resilience in the war against terrorism, sacrificing much more than any other country and despite many odds, its democratic transformation with political pluralism deserves recognition, fair and better treatment by the west.

Referring to the presidential elections inAfghanistan, Senator Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana said that the will of the people should prevail inAfghanistanas well the credibility of the elections should be accepted by all stakeholders. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Syed said that the people ofPakistanneeds cooperation and support of the EU to break the mindset that gave both to extremism and terrorism and reconstruct it.

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