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September 27, 2014

Ban Ki-moon praises Pak efforts to eliminate terror

National

September 27, 2014

NEW YORK: The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has eulogised Pakistan’s efforts for eliminating terrorism and expressed the hope that it would greatly help in regional peace and security.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the UN headquarters, Ban also expressed concern over the loss of lives and devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan.
The prime minister briefed the UN secretary general on the efforts undertaken by his government to provide relief to the flood victims in the affected areas in the Punjab and throughout the country. Welcoming the prime minister, Ban fondly recalled his visit to Islamabad in August last year and his participation in the Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan as guest of honour. The secretary general said he was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Government of Pakistan.
Nawaz apprised Ban about his government’s efforts to flush out terrorists and dismantle their network. The ongoing military operations against the terrorists had disrupted their command and control system. The premier said the government had zero tolerance for terrorism and was determined to rooting out terrorist forces once and for all.
The prime minister pointed out that Kashmir was one of the long-standing conflicts on the agenda of the Security Council and asked the secretary general to take steps for its peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. He said his government had sincerely embarked on negotiations process with India for peaceful resolution of all disputes.
The two leaders welcomed the completion of the electoral process in Afghanistan and the agreement over the appointment of the new president and chief executive. The prime minister expressed his readiness to work with the new government in Afghanistan for peace and development in the region. In the meanwhile, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines

of the UN General Assembly. Brown, who is UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education, discussed with Nawaz issues pertaining to mutual cooperation for the promotion of education in Pakistan. Gordon Brown admired the prime minister for according priority to education in Pakistan. Recalling his earlier visit to Islamabad and meeting with the prime minister, the envoy told that his office was ready to raise funds for a new project to increase literacy and improve education in Pakistan. Global partners including US, EU, UAE, Qatar and Global Partnership for Education had committed millions of dollars for this purpose. The centre piece of this strategy would be to incentivise literacy at the district and community levels. Poor families sending their children to school would receive help under a cash transfer scheme.
Brown indicated that donors were willing to increase funding depending on the results of the scheme. IMF could also be approached to relax terms for financing of education sector in Pakistan. He noted that only 15 months were left to achieving Millennium Development Goals on education and governments would have to redouble efforts to pull off extraordinary results in this short period. Convening of a donor conference could also be considered to seek additional funds for education in Pakistan from the potential donors.
Nawaz Sharif welcomed Brown’s proposal and appreciated his efforts for promotion of education in Pakistan. The prime minister said he would personally discuss the proposal with the chief ministers of the provinces, who were very receptive to any cooperation in the field of education in line with government’s priority.
Nawaz said education is a top priority for his government as reflected in Vision-2025. The two leaders also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest including ongoing military operation against terrorists, floods in Pakistan and the recent referendum in Scotland.
Another meeting took place between World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UNGA. Matters related to social and economic development of Pakistan came up for discussion. The prime minister outlined efforts made by the government in pursuing reform agenda, building national economy, improving social indicators and enhancing regional connectivity.
He appreciated Jim Yong Kim’s leadership in raising the level of World Bank’s contribution to development and growth in Pakistan to unprecedented levels. The prime minter also informed Kim of his personal commitment and involvement in leading the national effort to eradicate polio from Pakistan.
Kim appreciated steps taken by the government to strengthen and reform Pakistan’s economy including the measures taken to overcome the energy crisis. He expressed interest in enhancing World Bank’s investments in projects vital for growth and prosperity of Pakistan and the region.