UK assures support to Pakistan in countering extremism


The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton assured his country’s full cooperation in countering extremism and terrorism from Pakistan during a meeting with Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday.

The two discussed ways to counter the problem of extremism by using various tools, including mass media, sources told Dawn.

Pakistan has sacrificed a lot in the war against terror and it must be duly recognised by the international community, said the information minister.

Regarding the ongoing military operation against foreign and local militants in North Waziristan, Rashid informed the British envoy that the operation was supported by all democratic forces in the country.

The minister said Pakistan’s valiant security forces were highly capable of defeating terrorists operating in the tribal areas, adding that there was also a need to counter the extremist narrative by educating people.

The minister said the World community must acknowledge the sacrifices, Pakistan rendered in the war against terrorism.

He said Pakistan holds its relations with Britian in high esteem and that media can play an important role in strengthening this bilateral relationship.

Barton assured the UK’s full support in countering the extremist narrative and said the media could be used for the purpose of educating people at grass root level.