Pakistan urges greater cooperation among SCO states to combat terrorism

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at the opening ceremony of the 13th Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Member States in Beijing. (Photo by Press Information Department)
Updated 26 May 2018
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Pakistan urges greater cooperation among SCO states to combat terrorism

  • Many modern crimes such as terrorism do not respect territorial borders.
  • Judiciary of the member states needs to play its part to combat security-related threats.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar stressed the need for greater cooperation among member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to combat problems such as terrorism and extremism in the region.

According to a statement available with Arab News, Nisar while addressing the opening ceremony of the Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the SCO’s member states in Beijing, on Friday said: “We are all gathered here to find ways to ensure greater cooperation between member states to combat problems such as terrorism and extremism and the ilk which threaten the security of the member states.”

He added: “Many modern crimes such as terrorism do not respect territorial borders. In order to combat these menaces we need to forge strong bonds at all levels with other member states so that we leave no space for the offenders.”

“The judiciary of the member states needs to play its part in building a strong framework in which these threats to our security can be combated.”

Pakistan has recently joined the SCO and authorities in Islamabad say the country is keen to play a productive role as a member.

This week Pakistan hosted the first ever Legal Experts Group Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) in Islamabad since becoming a member in June 2017.

Legal experts from eight member states — China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan -=- as well as representatives of the SCO-RATS executive committee, participated in the meeting.

“Member states discussed various proposals for enhancing regional cooperation in countering terrorism and extremism. The legal experts also discussed administrative and organizational matters,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on late Friday.

“The hosting of the meeting in Islamabad demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment as a full member of the SCO to the idea and working of the organization,” the statement added.


Pakistan PM fires back after criticism from Trump

Updated 35 min 25 sec ago
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Pakistan PM fires back after criticism from Trump

  • Imran Khan tweeted that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the “US War on Terror”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister fired back Monday after President Donald Trump accused the country of harboring Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.
Imran Khan tweeted that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the “US War on Terror,” despite the fact that no Pakistanis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. He said the US has only provided a “minuscule” $20 billion in aid.
US commandos killed bin Laden in a May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had been living in seclusion in a house near a well-known military academy. Pakistan denies it knew bin Laden’s whereabouts prior to the raid, which was carried out without its knowledge. It later arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the CIA confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said “everybody in Pakistan” knew bin Laden was there and no one said anything despite the US providing $1.3 billion a year in aid. Trump said he had cut off the aid “because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
The US and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Islamic extremists and of harboring leaders of the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan denies those allegations, pointing to the heavy toll of its war against the Pakistani Taliban, a separate militant group that carries out attacks inside Pakistan.
Khan said Pakistan’s tribal areas along the border have been devastated by years of war, with millions uprooted from their homes.
He also pointed to the logistical support Pakistan has provided for the US war in Afghanistan. The main overland supply route for American forces fighting in Afghanistan runs through Pakistan.
Khan said the US has made Pakistan a “scapegoat” for its failures in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led invasion.