Nawaz responds to Karzai letter; stresses joint efforts to overcome terrorism


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has responded to a letter Afghan President Karzai recently sent him as well as other Pakistani political and religious leaders on the need for joint and close cooperation between the two countries in effectively fighting the menaces of terrorism and extremism.
In the letters, President Karzai had also condemned the attack on Malala Yousafzai.
In his letter Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed his gratitude and appreciation to President Karzai for sharing his thoughts on the attack against the young and innocent Malala and said he was in full agreement with the resident that the attack was a crime that can neither be ignored nor glossed over, irrespective of one’s personal beliefs or political affiliations. He said there can be no justification for acts of terror.
Nawaz Sharif hailed President Karzai’s sentiments and feelings as noble and said, “Both our countries have suffered enormously from the scourge of terrorism”.
The PML-N president said he was convinced that this huge challenge necessitates that all right thinking people, especially scholars and men of letters, come together and engage in a serious and sincere dialogue on ways and means of overcoming this menace.
He said this is not only an attack on an innocent person by misguided or ignorant elements, but a symptom of a malaise that has afflicted society in many Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif said use of mere force against those engaged in acts of militancy and terrorism would not suffice. He said a far more comprehensive approach that includes massive investment in education, job creation and administrative reforms and ensuring good governance would be essential to bringing about a meaningful change in the attitudes and the thinking of people.