Democracy Biggest Bulwark against terrorism; Defence Minister’s Briefing at Egmont the Royal Institute of International Relations on Pakistan’s Contribution to War against Terrorism

Islamabad, January 26, 2018 (PPI-OT):The Federal Minister for Defence Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan who is currently visiting Brussels as the head of four member parliamentary delegation of Pakistan–EU Friendship Group briefed the experts on ‘Pakistan’s Contribution to War against Terrorism’ at the highly prestigious Egmont Institute, the Royal Institute of International Relations of Belgian Foreign Office, says a press release received here today from Brussels.

The Minister explained to the group of experts from the Belgian Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Counter Terrorism Department and academics, that how Pakistan was bearing the burden of war against terrorism not only in terms of financial resources but also the sacrifices of nearly 70,000 lives of civilians and army personnel. The Minister said that that the best protection against terrorism is strong democracy.

He stated that with the consolidation of democracy in Pakistan incidents of terrorism have been controlled and with improvement of internal peace and security situation the economy has also seen an upward trend in the past few years. He said that the peace in Afghanistan was imperative for the peace in Pakistan and vice- versa stating that involvement of Pakistan in any kind of peace process was necessary for attaining peaceful settlement of situation in Afghanistan.

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