Islamabad - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Friday said that National Action Plan (NAP) on Counter Terrorism was a manifestation of firm resolve of the government of Pakistan to root out the menace of militancy and extremism from the country.

“Pakistan will continue to play its role for the peace of the region and beyond,” he also said. This he said while talking to UK High Commissioner Philip Barton, who called on him here at Punjab House on Friday.

Pak-UK bilateral relations, war against militancy and extremism, further strengthening mutual cooperation towards combating terrorism, enhancing capacity of law-enforcing agencies and regional situation were discussed during the meeting.

The minister said that Pakistan had abiding interest in peace and prosperity of neighbouring country and would continue to assist Afghan institutions in their capacity enhancement. Sharing the borders, Pakistan & Afghanistan also share common issues and challenges, which can only be addressed through greater cooperation and collaboration. Nisar said that the level of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan was never as good as it is today.

The minister while appreciating UK support to Pakistan in various areas observed that further strengthening their cooperation in capacity building of law enforcing and investigating agencies and the fight against extremists would go a long way towards achieving their shared goal of ensuring long-lasting peace and sustainable development in the region.

Barton appreciated the sacrifices made by the people and law-enforcing agencies of Pakistan against militants and reassured his government’s all possible support to the country in its mission to eradicate extremism and promote development in the region.