Understand our pain, envoy says in Delhi on APS anniversary

NEW DELHI: “The international community must understand our pain. It hurts us when we see Pakistan being painted by some with closed eyes. No other country has suffered the most from violent extremism than Pakistan”, High Commis­sioner Abdul Basit said here on Wednesday at the commemoration ceremony held at the High Commission to mark the first anniversary of the Army Public School, Peshawar, massacre.

Mr Basit said that the Army Public School tragedy was the defining moment; the people of Pakistan would never let the sacrifices made by the young children go waste. “We are resolved to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said “terrorism targets innocent civilians; therefore it cannot be justified whatsoever; we have no option but to fight it to the end”.

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In remarks that acquire additional significance because they were made in Delhi, Mr Basit said: “We need understanding of all to fight this cancer. Terrorism is a global, regional, national and local phenomenon; it could not be defeated through half-baked and incoherent strategies. We must transcend our individual and collective biases to eliminate terrorism and ensure that this menace does not resurface anywhere in the world. Abdul Basit said that terrorism has no religion and no faith. It is up against our civilisation and creating anarchy and disorder.

No country, however preponderant, can be complacent when it comes to terrorism.

We will triumph over it only if we fight together.”

Highlighting achievements of the Zarb-e-Azb operation, he said it was continuing and would continue till its objectives were achieved in their entirety. “Zarb-e-Azb operation may take more time but it is irreversible and its success is a foregone conclusion. Cowardly terrorists cannot win against the iron will of the people of Pakistan. Terrorists are destined to go to hell whatever their faith and religion”, he said.

During the ceremony, one minute silence was observed by the participants and candles were lit in memory of the martyrs.

The ceremony was concluded with the prayers for the success of ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation, prosperity and wellbeing of Pakistan, a press statement by the high commission said.

Published in Dawn, December 17th, 2015