Regional powers need to work together for durable peace: Nisar

Staff Reporter

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday said the goal of ensuring durable peace, lasting stability and continued development would remain elusive till the regional powers, aided by international community, worked hand in hand for overcoming shared challenges and mutual issues. The minister was speaking at the closing session of a two-day Pak-UK international seminar on ‘Sharing Experiences in Stabilization and Peace Efforts’ here at National Defence University.
Mutual distrust and blame-games, he said, would only lead to strengthening of non-state actors and those, who wanted to sabotage peace for their ulterior motives. The minister said the international community must realize that the policy to remain indifferent to the longstanding regional issues and to intervene only when it suits or for the short-term goals had taken them nowhere. The international community, he added, must come out of Islamophobia. “I feel humiliated when my religion is targeted and is equated with terrorism.”
He said 1.2 billion Muslims were in fact the worst sufferers and victims of terrorism. The international community must differentiate between terrorism and freedom movements, he added. Nisar said that Pakistan had paid the heaviest cost in the efforts to secure peace within and peace without. “Our sacrifices for promoting peace and stability are manifestation of our commitment and exceed any other nation or country but unfortunately except for the few friendly countries. The international community influenced by our foes, has remained insensitive to our issues and the threats that we face both inside and on our borders.”
He said that Pakistan had faced the brunt of regional security discrepancies for last many decades. “We have single handedly faced post-conflict situation of rival ideologies and more recently the fight against terrorism.” Despite paying huge economic as well as human toll, he said, Pakistan had managed to remain resilient with the participation of its people, government and armed forces in the process of dealing with the ramifications of the war against terrorism.