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Joint efforts a must to curb terrorism

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Joint efforts a must to curb terrorism
The parliamentary heads of six nations on Sunday agreed to join hands against terrorism and for bringing peace in the region at a conference held in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.The two-day conference which was attended by the parliamentary heads of Turkey, Pakistan, China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan along with their respective delegations called terrorism a big threat to security and stability of the region.
The conference called terrorism a‘Crime against humanity’, adding terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, culture and ethnic group.
“We also underline the primary responsibility of states in combating terrorism at both national and international levels. We spoke in favor of effective cooperation in preventing and countering the spread of terrorist ideology and propaganda, including incitement and glorification of terrorism,” the conference declaration.
Meanwhile Afghanistan and Pakistan, agreed on the need for boosting bilateral cooperation and to work together for peace and prosperity in the region.
Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and his Pakistani counterpart Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined strong religious, cultural and linguistic commonalities between the neighbours on the sidline of the conference.
Terrorism is a common threat to all human beings, which means it is the common task for each country to fight against terrorism. But in fact, some countries have adopted double-standards toward anti-terrorism, or even mixed their hidden agendas in the process. They sometimes even pocketed “extra benefits” by using “counter-terrorism” as a tool.
It will lead to catastrophic consequences if each country only focuses on their petty schemes in facing this global threat.
Afghanistan has lived with, and suffered from terrorism for more than two-decades. It wasn’t too long ago, when the Afghanistan’s territory was used by Al-Qaeda and affiliate groups not only as a site for brutal attacks against the Afghan people, but as a staging ground for terrorist attacks around the world. Over the past sixteen years, since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan has made important headway in its fight against terrorism, and in transforming into a more peaceful, stable, and democratic society.
Despite progress made thus far, terrorism and insecurity remain serious challenges facing the Afghan people. The effects of terrorism are felt in the entirety of Afghan society, resulting from attacks on innocent civilians, including women and men, tribal and religious elders, members of civil society, and even young school children. 
The global counter-terrorism strategy underscores a holistic approach in the fight against terrorism. The problem of terrorist safe-havens, alongside the outstanding issue of financial and logistical resources made available to terrorists have yet to be resolved. Moreover, conflict prevention and resolution are essential facets of the counter-terrorism effort; the US, allies and even that of UN role is of particular importance in this regard.
It is necessary for such international conferences to address the root-causes of terrorism and the sources funding terrorists and extremists.
Meanwhile it is important for both Afghanistan and Pakistan that should maintain positive and productive channels of communication for the betterment of the region. Terrorist organizations must not be allowed to work against the two countries’ shared peace objective, and risk the safety of the land and people.