UN chief praises Pakistans determination to fight militancy

The UN Secretary-General Monday expressed appreciation for Pakistans determination to fight militancy as well as the countrys handling of the millions of displaced persons from the Swat region at a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari. The President, who arrived in New York Sunday, had a 30-minute meeting with Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York. They discussed a number of issues of mutual concern. Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the president talked about the situation in the region; the fight against militancy and rehabilitation of millions of displaced persons; the post-Mumbai situation, and matters relating to UN inquiry commission, which is looking into the assasination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The president thanked the UN chief for his appeal to the world to generously assist Pakistan in the rehabilitaion in the displaced persons as a result of which the international assiatnce had come and he appreciated the countries providing the aid. A press release issued by the U.N. said that the two leaders also touched on the September 4 meeting in New York of the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, the situation in Afghanistan and issues of regional cooperation. The president was accompanied by Secretary-General Salman Faruqi, Asfandyar Wali, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the National Assembly, and Pakistans UN Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon.

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