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The Pakistan-U.S Working Group on Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism met in Islamabad on 12 January 2015. The Pakistan side was co-chaired by the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Secretary Interior, Mr. Shahid Khan. The U.S side was led by U.S National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Tina Kaidanow. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman and National Security Council Senior Director Jeff Eggers, National Coordinator for NACTA Mr. Hamid Ali Khan and other senior officials from U.S and Pakistan also participated in the working group.

The two sides held a useful and wide-ranging discussion on various US-Pakistan areas of cooperation relating to law-enforcement and counter terrorism, cross border militancy, countering terrorist financing, counter-narcotics, border management and counter-IEDs. The discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere.

The Working Group meeting provided an opportunity to the Pakistan side to apprise the U.S side of the comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy being pursued by the law enforcement authorities in the wake of Peshawar massacre. The Government of Pakistan has evolved a robust National Action Plan backed by a national political consensus to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

The U.S side appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan, in the wake of tragic Peshawar incident and offered to extend cooperation to fight terrorism.

The Working Group identified avenues for further cooperation in law enforcement and countering terrorism. The two sides agreed to continue their work and build on commonly agreed areas in the coming months.

12 January 2015

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