Maleeha says no country had done more than Pakistan in order to dismantle Qaeda
Maleeha Lodhi Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations has said that no other country had done more than Pakistan in order to dismantle and to eliminate Al-Qaeda from the region.
The Pakistani envoy during an interview said “That doesn’t mean there is no Al-Qaeda remnant left in our part of the world but the extent to which it exists is now nothing compared to the situation that it existed 16 years ago, and so Pakistan must get credit for it,” she added that “Pakistan fought that war because it was also in its own interest. Noting that tens of thousands of lives have been lost, she said Pakistan has been a principal victim of terrorism, but remains determined to eliminate the last terrorist from the country.”
Talking about the war in Afghanistan she said “Pakistan had managed to beat back the forces of terrorism and extremism, but the job will not be completed until the long war in Afghanistan comes to an end. Since the tragedy of 9/11, Pakistan has always advocated a political solution in Afghanistan, the military option had been tried and it had not resolved the problem. Pakistan has consistently called for insurgents to be brought into the mainstream.”
She said that the suffereing which had been inflicted upon the population of the two countries must be brought to an end. She added that Pakistan still hosts more than two million Afghan refugees as a result of the Afghan war.
“The United Nations acknowledges that terrorism cannot and should not be linked with or be associated with any religion. But despite that international consensus, there were vested interests in certain countries who want to tarnish Islam by equating the two. We reject this as a form of racism, as a form of discrimination, as a form of Islamophobia that is evident from time to time.”
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