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Pact on trade, anti-terror signed

The 12th Saarc summit concluded on Tuesday after the signing of a historic agreement on free trade, an additional protocol on terrorism and a social charter. It adopted the ‘Islamabad Declaration’ affirming the commitment of member nations to fight terrorism and promote regional trade. The next summit will be held in Dhaka in January 2005. In his concluding remarks Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali described the Additional Protocol on the review of the Saarc Convention on Suppression of Terrorism 1987, which pledges itself to elimination of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations in the region as ‘another landmark’ agreement. This protocol deals with tackling the problem of the sourcing of finances to terrorism. Full Story

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