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Pakistan vows to back Nepal in fight against terrorism

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has expressed his support for Nepal’s fight against terrorism, Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat said. “Mr. Aziz Monday sought to assure Nepal of support in its fight against terrorism,” Mahat said. Aziz arrived earlier Monday for a two-day visit in the Himalayan kingdom, which is beset by an increasingly deadly Maoist insurgency, as part of a tour of SAARC nations. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) formed in 1985 groups India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan.The Pakistani premier, who holds the rotating chairmanship of SAARC, met his counterpart in Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Aziz called on King Gyanendra later Monday and at a forum organized jointly by the Pakistani Embassy and the Nepal Council of World’s Affairs, he gave a talk on promoting regional cooperation. “In the 21st century, the people in South Asia are struggling for security. We must provide security and develop human resources,” he said. He also referred to the new developments in Indo-Pakistan relations and said: “Better understanding and the cooperation between the two countries would help in solving the Jammu and Kashmir problem. “Pakistan is convinced that all differences with India including the Kashmiri issues can be resolved through sincere and substantive dialogue.” Aziz is accompanied by a 63-member delegation that included ministers and government officials on his visit to Nepal. The Pakistani premier goes on to Bangladesh Tuesday. He will travel to India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, the three other SAARC nations, after the Islamic festival of Eid in mid-November that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.Full Story

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