Countering terrorism: PM vows to use ‘iron fist’ against terrorists

Published: August 8, 2013
“The government cannot leave the country to be a playing-field of terrorists. We will be handling them with an iron fist,” says Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

“The government cannot leave the country to be a playing-field of terrorists. We will be handling them with an iron fist,” says Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed to take on terrorists with an iron fist hours after a suicide bombing killed at least 30 people at a policeman’s funeral in Quetta.

“The government cannot leave the country to be a playing-field of terrorists. We will be handling them with an iron fist,” Nawaz said, while urging officials to present a draft of the Counter Terrorism Strategy by August 13.

The prime minister also directed the interior minister to reach Quetta at the earliest to show solidarity with the people.

In a detailed discussion over the security situation with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the premier expressed his views that the counter terrorism strategy would play a vital role in enhancing the role of security agencies in countering terrorism and it should therefore be implemented soon.

Nawaz also asked the interior minister to submit a detailed report on the Balochistan situation once the latter returns from the province.

Meanwhile, lauding the courage and commitment of law enforcement agencies across the country, Nawaz asked Nisar to ensure all help to the families of the martyred and injured.

The prime minister also acknowledged the services of DIG operations Balochistan Fayyaz Sumbal and all those who laid down their lives in the line of their duty. “Their sacrifices will not go in vain and the perpetrators of the blast will be brought to book at any cost”.

The premier directed the interior minister to remain in constant contact with the provincial security authorities and asked him to meet the security personnel in person to boost their morale.

Eid security

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also directed to beef up security across the country on “Chand Raat” and Eid-ul-Fitr across the country.

He directed the provinces and the federal government to devise a security plan.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the provincial governments are directed to inform the federation over security measures being taken on Eid. It also asked the provinces to inform if federal law enforcement agencies were needed to maintain peace in the cities.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:03AM

    The will of Police and other law enforcing agencies is more important than iron fist.

    Though Chaudhry Nisar said there will be no ban ob cellular phones, but in view of the security situation, I would request the PM to shut down all the cell phones from 6am till 10am during which the Eid prayers will be held and Namazi’s will be returning home.

    This is a must to ensure safety and security of every Muslim who will be going to offer Eid prayers.


  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:19AM

    “The government cannot leave the country to be a playing-field of terrorists. We will be handling them with an iron fist,” Nawaz said, while urging officials to present a draft of the Counter Terrorism Strategy by August 13.

    So what have the authorities been doing for past two decades, when issue of terrorism has been on international basis, especially cross border related into Afghanistan as well as India ?
    Which August 13th, is he referring to ? 2013 or perhaps he meant next couple of years !
    We have heard too many brave statements, however very little convictions or actual actions !


  • qaisar shah
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:19AM

    sounds empty rhetoric to me


  • M
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:39AM

    God speed


  • sabi
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:54AM

    We must define who is terrorist this must include those who carry arms against state but also those who sympathies with terrorists or those who justify terrorism or anyone starting debate on ;whose war is this’..or abuse religion for politics.


  • Parvez
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Whose fist are you going to borrow, sir ??


  • FAZ
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:08AM

    Iron fist?? Oh really..


  • Pakistani
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:08AM

    Finally he realises. Now how much time will IK and PTI take to understand this?


  • Umer
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:10AM

    Just empty words. Where is the action?


  • swat-team
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:18AM

    We’ve all heard this before, however ACTIONS are louder than words. The vows of politicians are all hollow. The only way to solve the insanity is for the population to take the issue of security into their own hands by not turning a blind eye to such activities. By doing so, they are just as culpable as the terrorists.


  • nawab ali
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:20AM

    Mr. PM this rhetoric cannot save lives only a extreme push terrorising the terrorists will help. Army should go all out and finish the job even if it takes a yr or two. Breathing space to terrorists creates more terrorists.


  • Naseer
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:31AM

    It’s about time to change the terrorism policy. I hope Nawaz Sharif can deliver what he is committing right now.


  • Discostu
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:37AM

    Why do we need a strategy? All we need are F-16s. That has obviously kept us safe over the past few years from imaginary enemies. I think I am going to substitute clown for politician. As in, our clowns need to start taking things seriously. These clowns will find it is in no laughing matter. A clowns inaction, has consequences.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 9, 2013 - 1:43AM

    That ‘Iron Fist’ should be made of real steel combined with new ideas not picked up from old junk,


  • csmann
    Aug 9, 2013 - 2:31AM

    hope the fist comes down faster,and has iron determination behind it


  • ModiFied
    Aug 9, 2013 - 2:32AM

    Include terrorist supporters also in the list Mr PM. catch the ones who are running suicide bomer schools. If your government does not know the addresses of schools, please take help of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who has visited and interviewed all these would be bombers. I am sure you already know the addres of Hafiz Saeed and his associates. Let us hope your fist is made of right steel and does not crack down.


  • Aamir
    Aug 9, 2013 - 2:38AM

    Hey, we need to negotiate…. remember……………
    Now Imran Khan will start crying …talks …talks… and will go public and thereby ripping away the strength from the arms of the parliament.


  • Naya Pakistan
    Aug 9, 2013 - 3:20AM

    A iron fist with a 4.3 million dollar watch on the wrist.


  • Aftab
    Aug 9, 2013 - 3:50AM

    It is about time we stop calling these animals muslims because they are not! When will you stop this appeasement? No dialogue with terrorists! These people should be killed without mercy because they are not humans! It is even an insult to the animals to call these people animals, they are even lower! My curses on them for destroying the lives of our citizens!


  • Rahim
    Aug 9, 2013 - 4:08AM

    Iron-fist as in Iron-fist??? Lolzzz!!! You gotta be kidding dude…


  • Waseem
    Aug 9, 2013 - 4:20AM

    Please show Iron Fist as soon as possible. this is urgent, Mian sb.Recommend

  • K B Kale
    Aug 9, 2013 - 4:26AM

    Respected Sharifsahab,
    We in India are looking at you as the last hope to build friendship with us and deal with Army as just a department that reports to you. You did say so after winning May 11 elections!
    So please order your over-rated, over-paid & over-pampered Pakistani armed forces, the so-called ‘sole saviours’ of Pakistan, to eliminate all the terrorists (Taliban and non-Taliban) & liberate both Waziristans, Balochistan and Karachi from this menace, unless Pakistan is maintaining only such officers who are not able to even handle a domestic insurgency! Your Armed Forces doesnt allow you to make peace with India!
    They are an utter failure on every front: Abbottabad, Mehran, Kamra & so on! Just a series of fiascos!
    Sack a few so the rest will fall in line!Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 9, 2013 - 6:45AM

    When this “iron fist” will be used, after negotiations or before??? Should have been used this iron fist yesterday but still, please use it now and not tomorrow.


  • Wizarat
    Aug 9, 2013 - 6:47AM

    I would have liked Mr. Sharif to ensure by announcing that Rana Sanaullah was being sidetracked and the chief of ASWJ, LeJ, TTP etc. and its workers are being arrested and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that death penalty will be awarded in these cases.

    Chief Minister of Punjab should make sure that southern Punjab is no longer a safe haven for Punjabi Taliban, some of whom were involved in D I Khan Jailbreak also.

    Time for Prime Minister of Pakistan, to take action in cooperation with the Army. Army needs your instructions to clean your mess.


  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 9, 2013 - 8:18AM

    Shopping list:
    1) Pass long stalled terrorist legislation!
    2) Ban “Talking Heads” on TV shows that spew conspiracy theories and sympathize with TTP!
    3) No more “civilian” trials for TTP types, move to Military courts and jails!
    4) Go on TV often and tell the public that this will be a long war that must be fought without rules of conduct against an enemy that has so far done the same!
    5) FIGHT!


  • Ali S
    Aug 9, 2013 - 9:28AM

    PMLN is finally coming to terms with what it’s dealing with. That might mean going back on its pre-election rhetoric but at least it’s good news that it’s waking up to reality. Meanwhile PTI is sadly trying to keep its head as far buried in the sand as possible (and I say that as someone who voted for PTI).


  • Obaid
    Aug 9, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Thats empty rhetoric Mr PM.


  • Asad
    Aug 9, 2013 - 9:36AM

    What’s stopping him?


  • Aug 9, 2013 - 10:11AM

    appreciate his views. May Allah bless him with success.


  • zakkie
    Aug 9, 2013 - 12:27PM

    I wonder that each new massacre in this country triggers a fresh wave of commitment from the authorities! Alas…. How the patrons(authorities) can sleeps peacefully in nights, in a time, when there citizens are butchered every day. You can not clearly draw line of how to act unless you think it as your own war…..since your people are losing lives.


  • unbelievable
    Aug 9, 2013 - 3:08PM

    As America and the rest of the World know – Pakistani leaders are fond of saying the right things but one must wait and judge them by actions. Sharif should be placing pressure on the military where it belongs – you have one of the largest and most expensive armies on the planet yet almost half of Pakistan is under the control of militants – time to step up to the plate and do their job.


  • Aug 9, 2013 - 3:49PM

    This is absolutely shattering news. Even at a funeral these dehumanized creatures attack and kill with intent to terrorize and commit ‘jihad.’ This cannot be Jihad. This is the workings of a plan made in the darker recesses of an intelligence agency and funded out of ‘secret funds.’

    If the PMLN is formulating an anti-terror policy by 13th August 2013, the question is, when will the implementation start……….never? Or after Pakistan is in complete tatters. Salams


  • Jadugar
    Aug 9, 2013 - 6:44PM

    Mr. Prime Minister,

    Many before you have done the same song and dance, This sounds like another empty vessel, people are not buying it anymore, As the saying goes, Stick and Stones may break their bones but empty words will not harm them.


  • Pakistani
    Aug 10, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Will the procalimed IRON FIST will be manufactured by the ITTEFAQUE STEEL./ FOUNDRIES…. vow more business


  • Irfan
    Aug 10, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Yes by adding tax on terrorist attacks.


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