UNITED NATIONS: A senior Pakistani diplomat has pledged the total annihilation of terrorism from his country as he denounced the "heinous and barbaric" attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, killing over 132 children.
Addressing the United Nations (UN) Security Council, Ambassador Sahebzada Ahmed Khan said, "The terrorist attacked our children and hit our heart and now we will go for their jugular." "Let me convey this message today that we will defeat terrorism," he declared, while debating on the topic titled "Terrorism and Cross-Border Crime".
"Pakistan will prevail, no matter what and our mourning will only morph into a stronger resolve to fight back, even harder," he said.
Reflecting on the heroic response of the teachers, the children and the lady principal of the school, who had chosen to stay back and help each other instead of simply saving their own lives, Ahmed Khan said in a voice choked with emotion, "This is my nation. These are my people and it is a matter of pride for me to represent such a resilient nation at the United Nations."
Pakistan, he said, possessed unyielding resolve, a clear mind and a hand to execute affirmative action. "We will persist and persevere till the end of this blight. After all, Pakistan has been, since long, spearheading the international fight against terrorism. The country mourns today but we will, In shaa Allah, ensure the total annihilation of terrorists and their twisted ideologies," he added.
Turning to the subject of the debate, the Pakistani envoy said that there was a difference between cross-border crime and cross-border organised crime. Nevertheless, recognising that terrorists could take advantage of a lack of border controls, he said that he fully subscribed to the need for border control mechanisms.