| GEO Pakistan|
| SAARC members pledge cooperation against terrorism|
| Updated at: 1725 PST, Saturday, June 26, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: The 3rd SAARC conference of Ministers for Interior/Home here on Saturday passed resolutions for regional cooperation against terrorism and smuggling while India stressed effective multilateral cooperation to tackle terrorism, declaring it ‘biggest challenge to the region’.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik presided over the SAARC moot which paid particular focus to steps for cooperation towards efforts aimed at crushing terrorism and eliminating smuggling of narcotics.
At the outset, Rehman Malik highlighted the aims and objectives of the conference and spelt out Pakistan’s policy the central point of which was to seek regional cooperation to address the challenges at hand.
Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram pointed out that terrorism is wearing away regional cooperation besides denting its economic development. All the conventions adopted against terrorism under the banner of SAARC must be honored, he added, underscoring the need for adoption of international convention against terrorism.
The Indian Home Minister also emphasized exchange of actionable intelligence for protection against the risks of terrorist plots and activities.
The moot passed resolutions seeking cooperation against terrorism, money laundering and human smuggling.