ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Russia here on Tuesday during the meeting of a joint group on counter-terrorism agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation and sharing of information to effectively counter threats to national and regional security.

The agreement came from both sides during the 5th meeting of Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism that was hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Acting Secretary Interior Imtiaz Tajwar led Pakistan delegation, while the Russian side was led by Alexander V Zmeyevskiy, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Fight against Terrorism and Transnational Crime.

During the 5th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, the two sides shared views on regional and national threats and effective way to counter them. The two sides also discussed mutual cooperation in countering drug trafficking, anti-money laundering and combating organised crime. Cooperation on relevant issues at the regional and international level was also reviewed.

Commencing in 2002, there have been four rounds of discussions on counter-terrorism between Pakistan and Russian Federation. The last round was hosted by the Russian Federation in 2009 in Moscow.

COOP BETWEEN PAK-GERMAN SECURITY AGENCIES: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that Pakistan aspires to have increased cooperation between the security agencies of Pakistan and Germany.

The minister said this while talking to Ambassador Michael Klor Berchtold, Crisis Commissioner of the German Foreign Office, and Thorsten Risch, Commissioner for Special Crisis Situation of the German Intelligence Service. Germany's Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Cyrill Nunn was also present during the meeting.

The interior minister said Pakistan was faced with a similar situation, which Germany faced after the World War-II and needed a similar solution by developing its own economic and development model.

Talking about Pakistan's business and economic ties with Germany, Nisar said that their economic relations were not commensurate with their bilateral ties and efforts must be made by both sides to strengthen them.

Ambassador Michael Klor Berchtold appreciated the efforts of the government for establishing durable peace in the region.