Islamabad - Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, who attended the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh on Sunday, outlined Pakistan’s key role in the global fight against terrorism.

The minister highlighted the continued resolve of Pakistan in fighting terror despite huge human and financial losses.

According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, underlining the expertise and experience of the country in fighting terrorism, Dastgir showcased Pakistan’s successful counter-terrorism operations under the National Action Plan.

He said that Pakistan was ready to share its experience and capabilities in all four main domains of counter-terrorism — intelligence sharing, information, counter-financing of terrorism and military — through the forum of the IMCTC, which aimed at enhancing the ability of its member states to counter the scourge of terrorism and extremism, upon their request.

At the meeting, the defense minister acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of the Saudi leadership in building partnerships to counter the scourge of terrorism and extremism.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s historical and fraternal relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the defense minister assured Saudi Arabia and the participating countries of its support and cooperation within the mutually agreed framework of the IMCTC.

The IMCTC – a 34 member coalition of Islamic countries - was launched in December 2015 at the initiative of Saudi Arabia. Since then, seven more Islamic countries have joined the coalition. In acknowledgment of Pakistan’s leading role in the global fight against terrorism, Pakistan’s former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Shareef was appointed as ‘Commander-in-Chief’ of the coalition in March 2017.