STRASBOURG, France, April 16, 2016: During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 14th April 2016, titled “Human Rights Situation in Pakistan: in particular the attack in Lahore,” Mr. Alberto Cirio raised the issue of the killing of minorities, specifically Christians and Baluchis, in Pakistan.
Subsequently, in a private interview, Mr. Cirio mentioned that Pakistan has been the biggest sponsor of international terrorism, evident from the manner in which Osama Bin Laden is suspected of having been supported and sheltered by the Pakistan Army and ISI, adjacent to an important Pakistan Army establishment.
He added that though the world community was well aware of this harsh reality, it failed to call the Pakistani bluff of seeking financial support from the West to fight the very terrorists that it nurtures and supports. He called on the international community to stand united against this Pakistani blackmail, before it acquired a more sinister edge, with Pakistan supplying tactical nuclear weapons that it is rapidly developing, to its favored terrorist groups to target Europe.
He also exhorted the European Union to stand united in fighting terrorism, and stopping states like Pakistan from practicing terrorist and nuclear blackmail.
SOURCE Office of MEP Alberto Cirio