Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua told the SCO moot in Islamabad that Pakistan lost thousands of its citizens and security personnel, with many more injured alongside having suffered economic losses of over US$ 120 billion due to terrorism and war on terrorism.
She said this, inaugurating a meeting of the Legal Experts Group of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) here.
She said that the terrorism should not be identified with any religion, individual countries or nationalities and offered to work with regional countries to eliminate the menace from the region at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) also attended by India.
Experts from the eight SCO member states – China, Kazakhstan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan – are attending the meeting.
India’s presence at the meeting assumes significance since it had boycotted the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit here in 2016 citing continuing support to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.
“We now look forward to working with regional countries under the umbrella of SCO to effectively eliminate terrorism from our region. Pakistan fully supports and welcomes the efforts of SCO-RATS in the fight against ‘three evils’ of terrorism, extremism and separatism,” Janjua said.
She said Pakistan is cognizant of the threats posed by terrorism, separatism and extremism to the region and beyond.
“But neither the human nor the financial losses have diminished my country’s resolve to fight this menace. Through our comprehensive efforts, over the past several years, supported by a firm domestic political consensus, we have been able to turn the tide,” she said.