Tangible measures afoot to deal with terrorists, says FO

Pakistan's enemies are taking advantage of Afghan turmoil to launch terrorist attacks, says statement

News Desk February 23, 2017
Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The government is taking concrete steps to deal with terrorists, the foreign office (FO) said on Thursday.

The armed forces and law enforcement agencies are pursuing an absolute resolve to counter them, it added. The enemy once again struck and inflicted fatalities on innocent people in Charsadda and is taking advantage of the turmoil in Afghanistan to launch attacks in Pakistan, the statement said.

At least seven people, including a lawyer were killed and 21 others injured as a sessions court in Charsadda was hit by multiple suicide bombers Tuesday morning.

Attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate, witnesses said, adding they opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court premises.

Seven killed, 21 injured as sessions court in Charsadda comes under attack

Regarding the situation in held Kashmir, FO said defenceless Kashmiris continue to suffer from atrocities at the hands of the Indian forces. It lamented that 22 people were killed in the first two months of 2017 and young men were targeted with pellet guns.

It said that held Kashmir's history is replete with grave human rights violations, saying entire Pakistani nation supports their indigenous movement for self-determination.

The government will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris till the resolution of dispute in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

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The office emphasised that Pakistan continues to follow a progressive trajectory on the economic front while international agencies have been highlighting brighter prospects for investment.

Similarly, on the foreign policy front, the country has been witnessing flurry of diplomatic activities with outgoing high-level visits, including the Prime Minister's visit to Turkey, adviser's visit to Iran and upcoming 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation summit in Islamabad.


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