Pakistan stresses on mutual cooperation among Saarc countries

Pakistan stresses on mutual cooperation among Saarc countries

Islamabad, Aug 4 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday emphasised on mutual cooperation among the Saarc countries as key for regional progress.

Addressing the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) interior ministers meeting here, Sharif said that the South Asian region is blessed with resources. He stressed that the region should work together to combat the problems it faces, Geo News reported.

“Mutual cooperation is important for regional progress,” he added.

Saarc had made significant progress despite challenges, he noted.

According to Radio Pakistan, Sharif said that Pakistan was committed to jointly working with the member states in fighting terrorism, corruption and organised crimes.

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said, “Saarc will have to play its role to solve problems of the region. We will have to adopt a common strategy to combat crimes.”

Nisar added that all countries in Saarc will make efforts to counter drugs and maintain peace in the region.

He added that the region faced crimes like human trafficking and money laundering.

The meeting of Saarc interior ministers kicked off in Islamabad on Wednesday with regional affairs, terrorism, prevention of drugs and human trafficking on its agenda.

The meeting is being attended by interior ministers of all Saarc states except Bangladesh. Dhaka, however, is being represented by senior diplomats and officials.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also attending the conference. He, however, will not hold a one-on-one meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.


  1. What a joke!

    A Prime Minister of a terrorist state is advising Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries for cooperation in fighting terrorism. Is it some sort of crude joke?

  2. On 04.08.2016 when Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister, gave a speech at the SAARC summit in Pakistan, the same was blacked out and reporters were not allowed. So scared are Pakistanis that he would expose Pakistan and its nefarious activities.

    By breeding and giving shelter to terrorists, telling lies, encouraging terrorism not only in India, but also in the world, Pakistan has sullied its image and lacks credibility. No one trusts Pakistan.
    Pakistan economy is in a very bad shape and they do not have money to buy modern arms and has to console themselves by going for substandard jet aircrafts made in collaboration with China based on old Russian or erstwhile Soviet designs.

    State Bank of Pakistan is in a bad shape and if Pakistan defaults on payments of instalments on loans that they have borrowed from external agencies by this year-end, then will face immense problems. However, they do not wish to banish terrorism and support to terrorists, improve relations with India to give the much-needed boost to their exports to revive their economy, cut down their defence forces which eats a great slice of their annual budgets, etc.

    Pakistan is going to dogs.

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