Minister of Defence, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan addressed members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Italian Parliament
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Office of Assistant Director (Media)
Rawalpindi, the 27th Oct 2017
VISIT OF MINISTER OF DEFENCE TO ITALIAN PARLIAMENT
Minister of Defence, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan addressed members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Italian Parliament today.
2. He was received by Hon. Francesco Saverio Garofani, President of the Defence Committee and Hon. Andrea Manciulli, President of the Italian Parliamentary Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Deputy President of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Chamber of Deputies.
3. The Minister spoke about Pakistan’s role in regional stability and the efforts undertaken by it in eradicating terrorism. He stated that Pakistan had rendered tremendous sacrifices to cleanse its territory of terrorists and extremists. He elaborated on the strategy adopted by Pakistan in fighting terrorism and the National Action Plan. Terming terrorism as an international phenomenon, he stated that combined effort of all countries was required to fight this menace.
4. He said that regional peace in South Asia was only possible with peace in Afghanistan and improved ties between Pakistan and India. He stressed that it was imperative to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. Peace and economic development in the region would remain a mirage in the absence of settlement of regional disputes.
5. The Italian parliamentarians appreciated and commended Pakistan in its fight against terrorism. They reiterated the desire of Italy to enhance its relations with Pakistan. The talk of the Minister was greatly appreciated.