Pakistan committed to eradicating terrorism

Pakistan lost more than 60,000 civilians and 6,000 security personnel in the fight against terrorism during the last decade ("US hits back at 'ungrateful' allies"; last Monday).

Moreover, Pakistan suffered a US$107 billion (S$147 billion) loss as a result of this.

These sacrifices are more than what any other country has made, and with every passing day, the sacrifices of the Pakistani nation are multiplying.

In contrast to the US$107 billion in losses, the United States has so far given only US$13 billion in aid to Pakistan.

Ongoing military operations in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency are directed against all terrorists, irrespective of their affiliations. As a result, around 5,000 terrorists have been killed.

These military operations have successfully eliminated terrorists' hideouts, and this has been admired globally.

Pakistan is a responsible member of the international community.

It is doing its part to promote international peace and security, and foster goodwill.

It believes in friendly relations among all nations and encourages the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means.

I hope readers will look at the issue in proper perspective and acknowledge Pakistan's resolve to eradicate terrorism.

Mubashar Tauqir Shah

Press Counsellor

Pakistani High Commission, Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2016, with the headline 'Pakistan committed to eradicating terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe