CICA 5th Summit: Pakistan reiterates commitment to combat terrorism

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Pakistan has said that 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), held in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe has provided an instrumental platform to find out effective solutions to combat challenges to peace, security and economic development.

The Summit also focused on the need of formulating a comprehensive regional strategy to counter terrorism. The Summit Declaration also cautioned member states against the “politicization of the UN Security Council counter-terrorism sanctions architecture”, and pointed out that such measures would only weaken the legitimacy and authority of the UNSC charter and sanctions regime.

Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister who represented Pakistan at the 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), held in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to counter terrorism. She also urged on finding effective solutions to address the challenges of security and economic development.

She also presented Pakistan’s agenda to evolve regional and international political trends. “Asia is home to over half the global population. Our strength lies in our diversity and the dynamism of our people, who have transformed Asia into the world’s fastest-growing region, she said in opening remarks.    

The declaration urged the member states to work jointly on an agenda to pursue goals of enhanced regional connectivity between member states and mutual development.She stressed on the enhanced regional cooperation for an effective counter-terrorism strategy in the interest of all states to refrain from politicization in order to fight terrorism effectively.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said that, “Pakistan has regularly participated in CICA Summits and contributed significantly to its deliberations. Pakistan’s participation in the 5th Summit in Dushanbe is illustrative of its commitment to the realization of CICA’s vision of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia.”

The Special Pakistan Envoy also drew attention toward the prolonged political suppression of the Kashmiri people living under brutal Indian occupation. She pointed out that the use of unilateral force, coercion and threats amongst major powders undermines the principles of the UN Charter.

, “The contemporary global order today remains in a state of flux. It is marked by several worrying trends and developments. On the normative front, the principles of the UN Charter are being gradually eroded. The value of multilateralism is being questioned, Dr. Sania Nishtar said adding, “Peace and prosperity in Asia are threatened by emerging friction between major powers and rising tensions in South, East, and West Asia.”

She highlighted the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination and added that the legitimate struggle for self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be brutally suppressed and we are grateful to President Erdogan of Turkey for speaking out today in support of the Kashmiri people calling for resolution of the long-outstanding international dispute.” She reiterated Pakistan’s vision to shape a peace-driven political discourse in South Asia, which focuses on bilateral dialogue, confidence-building measures and peaceful settlement of disputes.

She also said that Pakistan had made lot of efforts to combat terrorism and stressed upon the importance of seeking international cooperation to enhance terrorism capacity building and initiatives.

, “Pakistan has executed one of the most successful counter-terrorism campaigns in the world. No country can match Pakistan’s efforts, sacrifices, and achievements in the face of this international scourge.”

“We believe enhanced international cooperation is vital for an effective counter-terrorism strategy. We must also earnestly address the root causes of this phenomenon. It is in the interest of all States to refrain from grandstanding and politicization in order to combat terrorism effectively.”

Dr. Nishtar called to attention the need for strengthening the capacity of the UNSC counter-terrorism sanctions by accounting for organizations and individuals held responsible for terrorist activities but continue to remain outside the UN jurisdiction.

She said, “The long fight against international terrorism has highlighted a major gap. This entails an exclusive focus of the current UN sanctions regime on Al-Qaeda, Daesh and their affiliates. There are a growing number of individuals and organizations that have carried out acts of terrorism but remain outside the present scope of UN sanctions. It is time to cast a wider net and hold them accountable under international law.”

Dr. Sania Nishtar underscored Pakistan’s vision for complying with the provisions of the UN charter and urged all other states to comply with the regulations put forward by international laws while settling regional disputes.

She said, “Pakistan has always called for all states to comply with the provisions of the UN Charter and international law to resolve disputes and promote peace. Guided by these ideals and values, Pakistan wishes to shape political discourse and vision in South Asia, based on dialogue, confidence building and peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes.”

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Dr. Sania Nishtar concluded her address, “We will also continue to work towards the realization of a common vision of security, sustainable development and shared prosperity across the CICA region and beyond, in line with the theme of this Summit.

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