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Pakistan Calls for Global Effort to Break Nexus Between Terrorism, Organized Crime

NEW YORK – Pakistan on Wednesday urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to ensure “evidence-based” responses to the nexus between terrorism and organized crime and insisted that a supply-demand approach to counter-narcotics is most effective, Pakistan Today reported Wednesday.
Speaking at the UNSC, permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi said that only through collective regional and international efforts could the world community choke off the various sources that support terrorist outfits through organized crime.
“We will continue to play our role to sever the vicious link between terrorism and organized crime in our region,” Ambassador Lodhi said.
“This is critical for our own people, as well as for our neighborhood and indeed the rest of the world,” she said, adding the crime-terrorist nexus varies across different contexts, with several common areas of confluence, including financing tools, recruiting vulnerable youth and operating in areas outside government control.
“Being one of the principal victims of terrorism, Pakistan’s resolve to eliminate this scourge is clear and unwavering,” she added.
Underscoring its commitment in that regard, Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies continued to make record drug seizures every year.
The Pakistani envoy added it was a “tangible manifestation of our consistent and dedicated efforts to not only protect our own country but also protect the rest of the world from this scourge.
“The global drug problem must be addressed effectively at local, national, regional and international levels,” the ambassador said citing a range of ongoing regional initiatives to tackle the illicit trade.
Steps to do so can include allocation of proper resources to better understand the correlation between terror financing and transnational organized crimes, re-establishment of government control over territories used for drug production, and promotion of development to provide alternative livelihoods, she added.
Regarding the global drug problem, Ambassador Lodhi called for focusing on reducing both the supply and the demand for narcotics drugs through a well-integrated, comprehensive and balanced approach.
She added, that strategies must be tailored to each situation, with the United Nations playing an effective role.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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