President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government is taking effective measures to curb terrorism, violation of human rights, discrimination against minorities and gender inequality in the country. The President said this while talking to a German Parliamentary Delegation who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. The delegation was headed by Ms. Dagmar G. Wohrl, MP and Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development.
Drawing the attention of the delegation toward travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan in the wake of polio cases, the President said that Pakistan is not responsible for the situation but the elements which caused the spread of terrorism in the region. The President emphasized that Pakistan is committed to the eradication of polio virus. He called upon the international community to be considerate toward Pakistan in this regard so that the latter is able to work for the elimination of polio virus without facing problems.
The President stated that Pakistan desires friendly relations not only with its neighbors but with the entire world. He added that Pakistan believes in resolution of outstanding issues through dialogue adding that talks with India and Afghanistan in this regard were underway. The President said that peace will be strengthened in the region if India agrees to resolution of Kashmir issue through right of self-determination in the light of UN resolutions.
The President expressed hope that the visit of German Parliamentary delegation would not only further strengthen contacts between the parliaments of two countries but also provide impetus to bilateral economic relations. The President stated that Pakistan is very sensitive to the issue of environmental change and a full-fledged ministry was working with dedication in this regard.
The delegation praised Pakistan for according hospitality and excellent care to Afghan refugees in the country over a long period. The head of the delegation Ms. Dagmar G. Wohrl said that provision of equal rights to linguistic, racial and religious minorities in Pakistan was an example for the world.