London: British Home Secretary Theresa May called on Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to discuss matters related to cooperation on security and fight against terrorism. While appreciating UK’s support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister termed Ms Theresa May ‘a friend of Pakistan’.
The Prime Minister briefed the Secretary on legislation and other steps taken by the government to eliminate terrorism from the country. In this regard, he said that Protection of Pakistan Ordinance was promulgated to fight extremism in Pakistan. He told the Secretary that enemy aliens had been defined and terror would be treated as waging war against the state. Terror would be a federal offense, independent Federal Prosecution Service would be established, electronic evidence would be admissible in courts, special provision of joint investigation teams would be introduced and special high security prisons would be established for high value terrorists, he explained.
The Prime Minister further said that the government of Pakistan was strongly determined to root out extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. He said that Pakistan did not want the soil of either Pakistan or Afghanistan to be used against each other by alien enemies.
Secretary May appreciated the legislation done and various steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to eradicate the menace of terrorism. She appreciated Pakistan’s role in Global War on Terror (GWOT) and also acknowledged the huge sacrifices made by Pakistan in terms of human lives and economic losses. The secretary assured the Prime Minister of all support in its fight against extremism and terrorism.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs & National Security Mr Sartaj Aziz, Minister of State IT & Telecom Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Mr Fawad Hasan Fawad, Acting Secretary to the Prime Minister and Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan were present during this meeting.