Pakistan offers France counter-terrorism cooperation

VALLETTA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan had made notable gains in the fight against terrorism in the last two years and there was a countrywide consensus to root out the menace of violent extremism.

This he stated during the meeting with French President Francois Hollande on the sideline of Commonwealth meeting in Maltese capital Valletta.

The prime minister extended cooperation in counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing to France.

He reiterated a strong condemnation of the recent Paris terrorist attacks and extended heartfelt condolences over the loss of lives.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has lost thousands of lives in fight against terrorism and its economy had suffered losses of billions of dollars as a result of terrorist attacks.

He said that the government had formulated the National Action Plan against terrorism as part of a comprehensive strategy to deal with this scourge.

President Hollande appreciated the courage and resilience of Pakistani people for fighting terrorism.