The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

Do not ask Pakistan to do more on terror: President


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari declared on Tuesday before the United Nations (UN) that his country had suffered enough in its fight against extremist terror and should not be asked to do more.

"No country and no people have suffered more in the epic struggle against terrorism than Pakistan," he insisted. "To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. Do not ask of my people what no one has ever asked of any other peoples. Do not demonise the innocent women and children of Pakistan. And please, stop this refrain to 'do more'."

Beginning his address to the UN General Assembly with a denunciation of the recent American-made movie trailer and French cartoons that insulted the Muslim prophet Mohammed, he demanded that such material be banned worldwide. Then, speaking next to a photograph of his late wife - Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, who was murdered by Islamic militants - he set about defending the Pakistani people's record in the war on violent extremism.

Mr Zardari said regular US drone strikes against targets in his country made his task of selling the fight against terror to his people harder, as did the massive increase in Afghan drug exports since the US-led invasion.