UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called on the international community to join hands to combat the menace of terrorism urgently and effectively.
Speaking in a UN Security Council debate on countering terrorism, Pakistan ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi said that Pakistan had made substantial gains in its anti-terrorism drive and rejected aspersions being cast by some about its contribution.
She said Pakistan has been at the forefront of the global fight against terrorism and we have lost tens of thousands of lives in this fight but this has not shaken our resolve to eliminate terrorists from our soil.
Ambassador Lodhi urged on all states to work together in a coordinated and cooperative manner to address this menace comprehensively in all its forms and manifestations.
Maleeha Lodhi said Operation Zarb-e-Azb, launched in June 2014, is the largest anti-terror campaign anywhere in the world.
She said that focused campaign is also underway against terrorist sleeper cells, their supporters, sympathizers and financiers.
Earlier, Opening the debate, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on member states to take steps to stop fund raising through the smuggling of oil and gas, the illicit trade of cultural artefacts, kidnapping for ransom and donations from abroad.