BRUSSELS- NATO has commemorated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror resulting in the loss of over 50,000 lives and hoped that Operation Zarb-e- Azab in North Waziristan would be successful in uprooting the terrorist hideouts and training camps.
Six member delegation of the Senate standing committee on foreign Affairs visited Brussels and held meetings with NATO, EU Institutions and Think Tanks.
The delegation visited NATO HQ and met with Ambassador, Kolanda Grabar, and Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Richard Fro, Deputy Assistant Secretary General Operations, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General NATO and Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Stamptopoulous, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy.
During the visit the delegation was given comprehensive briefings on changes in NATO’s security environment subsequent to the recent Russian intervention in Ukraine ensuing in suspension of all the programs with Russia, and on Afghanistan’s recent elections and its impact on the security environment in the region.
They hoped that the leadership in Afghanistan would accept the election results and would be able to sign the bilateral security agreement with NATO which would bring stability in Afghanistan as well as in the region.
NATO considered Pakistan as an important partner. They also commemorated Pakistan’s sacrifices on the war on terror resulting in the loss of over 50,000 lives and hoped that Operation Zarb-e- Azab in North Waziristan would be successful in uprooting the terrorist hideouts and training camps. Later the delegation visited the Senate and house of Representative of Belgium. The EU Pakistan Friendship hosted a Dinner for the delegation.
The delegation is being led by Haji Muhammad Adeel, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. The other members include Mushahid Husain Syed, Abdul Nabi Bangash, Malik Muhammad Rafiq, Muzaffar Hussain Shah & Muhammad Jehangir Bader.