WASHINGTON: President Asif Ali Zardari has stressed the need of devising a strategy to eliminate the menace of terrorism. Speaking in Meet the Press program of NBC, in Washington he called for close cooperation between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States to tackle the challenge of the extremism and terrorism.
President Zardari said the terrorism is a world wide challenge of the 21st century as the terrorists are launching attacks everywhere including Spain, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Africa and the United States. The President strongly dismissed the impression that the extremists and terrorists will be able to inflict irreparable damage on Pakistan. He said one hundred and eighty million people of Pakistan are resolved to fight the menace.
To a question, the President opposed conditions to the US financial assistance for Pakistan. In an another interview with the Washington Post and News Hour Television Channel, President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the United States to provide sustained financial assistance and drones technology to Pakistan to curb extremism.
He urged the United States to provide a fleet of US aerial drones to Pakistan to strike Taliban and Al-Qaeda hideouts in Tribal Areas along the Afghan border. To a question, the President rejected media apprehensions about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear assets and said that they are in safe hands under a foolproof command and control system. NNI