WASHINGTON: Visiting Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has called for a coordinated global response to fight terrorism at an interaction with US lawmakers at Capitol Hill, according to the Pakistani military spokesman. “Terrorism is a global threat,” Gen Sharif was quoted as saying in a series of tweets from ISPR DG Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

Gen Sharif met two Congressional panels - the Senate Committee on Intelligence and Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Chairman Richard Burr and Vice-Chairperson Diane Feinstein of the Senate Committee on Intelligence acknowledged Pakistan Army’s efforts against terrorism, stating it’s “perseverance and commitment had degraded militants in the country’s north western region,” the spokesman said. The Committee assured Gen Sharif of US support and cooperation in eradicating terrorism and extremism from the country, saying Pakistan had successfully turned the tide of terrorism.

During his meeting with Senate Committee on Armed Services, Chairman John McCain noted the long-standing Pak-US defence ties and emphasised the need to reinforce this partnership in view of emerging developments. Jack Ree, a senior Democratic senator, was also present. Senator McCain lauded the efforts, sacrifices and steadfastness of the Pakistan Armed Forces, especially the leadership of Gen Sharif, in fighting terrorists on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

The army chief also highlighted the need for stepped up Pakistan and Afghanistan border management and sustained cooperation to deal with emerging threats. Later, the army chief also called on US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House and discussed matters relating to bilateral relations and regional issues. On Wednesday, the army chief met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, and called for resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute to promote regional stability. He also shared Pakistan’s perspective on the regional security situation with the top American diplomat. On Monday, Gen Sharif met CIA chief John Brennan and discussed security challenges facing the region and the way forward to confront them.

He stressed the need for a conducive environment in the region for re-initiating the stalled Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, while the CIA director acknowledged the accomplishments of Zarb-i-Azb and its positive impact on the security calculus. On Tuesday, Army chief met US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Gen Joseph Dunford, Army Chief of Staff Gen Mark Milley and Centcom (Central Command) chief Gen Lloyd Austin. During the meetings, Gen Sharif and American officials discussed defence cooperation between US and Pakistan and the need for enhanced defence coordination. The army chief is in the United States on a five-day visit, in a trip analysts have said will underscore security issues facing Islamabad and Washington in the region.