People spreading hate and sectarianism will be tried in military courts: PM

Published: January 14, 2015
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A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that people spreading hatred and sectarianism would be tried in military courts.

“Swift justice is key to eradicate the menace of terrorism,” the prime minister said. “Those terrorising society in the name of religion will be brought to justice.”

Addressing a business delegation at the President House along with President Mamnoon Hussain, the prime minister said that energy and terrorism were the two major challenges that the government faced and that the government was taking all possible measures to meet those challenges.

The prime minister was at the President House to meet business community delegation, prior to which he had a one-on-one meeting with the President.

The PM said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has played an important role in dismantling the terror infrastructure, adding that the government had to take the step of the 21st Amendment and the amendment in the Army Act to tackle terrorism.

“Under the national action plan another Zarb-e-Azb is being launched to make the country peaceful,” the PM added. “These decisions have been taken in national interest and should have been taken earlier.”

Infrastructure a priority

The prime minister informed that a motorway will be built from Lahore to Karachi, adding that infrastructure development is a major priority of the government. “Our priority is to increase electricity generation as soon as possible to meet the rising demand.”

“LNG imports will help us in meeting energy demands,” the prime minister added.

Minister of Commerce, Minister for Water and Power, and Minister of Petroleum were also present.

The business delegation gave suggestions to the PM and President.

The meeting was informed that overseas Pakistanis were sending $25 billion annually through all channels combined. The PM added that steps would be taken to attract overseas Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan.

The Commerce Minister informed that Free Trade Agreement (FTA) 2 was being negotiated with China to safeguard Pakistan’s interest, and that it would be independent of FTA 1 signed nine years ago.

“The FBR should consider decreasing tax rates to encourage more people to pay taxes so that more revenue is collected,” the PM added. He also asked FBR chairperson Tariq Bajwa to hold a meeting with members of the business community to sort out their issues and apprise him personally on the outcome.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • keaga
    Jan 14, 2015 - 5:39PM

    the sooner the better

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Jan 14, 2015 - 5:57PM

    Finally some politician are getting the courage to take a stand against terrorism. It’s a start and the nation welcomes it

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  • Azam Khan
    Jan 14, 2015 - 6:01PM

    Yeah ! motorways are the only solution to all the problems faced by Pakistan.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 14, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Charlie Hebdo does can u do some thing PM sahib.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jan 14, 2015 - 7:05PM

    PM Sb…please prioritize projects….please…security & energy are the 2 most important issues not motorways, cab scheme, labtop etc; NO ! please….every thing will fall in its place once these 2 issues ( Security & Energy ) are taken care off….

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  • Imran
    Jan 14, 2015 - 7:49PM

    Can the PM ensure that PLMN withdraws its support for outfits such as LeJ, Sipah Sahaba, ASWJ etc. and stop pandering to them to secure their vote bank in central and southern Punjab? No more rallies where Rana Sana-Ullah is marching hand in hand with banned outfits?

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  • Raghu
    Jan 14, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Good and bold decision from Nawaz Sharif. For once I feel Pakistan is being run by someone capable. It is good to hear that PMLn understands how important it is to take security, justice, education and infrastructure development together.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 14, 2015 - 8:25PM

    At last, we need to get back to Qaid e Azam’s Pakistan.

    Pakistan should be an inclusive, tolerant nation where all have equal rights

    We can do it.

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  • Midas
    Jan 14, 2015 - 10:30PM

    How about Amir Liaqat Ali? he clearly violated the GEO policy, for which they issued an apology, hence he is a good candidate for your test, Mr. PM

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  • Bewildered
    Jan 14, 2015 - 10:34PM

    Dear Mod: Pun is intended.

    “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that people spreading hatred and sectarianism would be tried in military courts.”

    Later the Prime Minister clarified that inciting hatred and violence against Qadiyanis (Ahmedis) is a separate issue, and their cases would not be sent to military courts. Amir Liaqat and everyone else, however, should be careful when spreading hatred, slander, and violence against Qadiyanis, and do it only when they are in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He further added that the murder case of governor Sulman Taseer, a heretic, would also not be sent to military court as he was the one who provoked the faithful. Moreover, the accused is a hero of the pious Pakistanis, including large number of lawyers and judges.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 14, 2015 - 10:35PM

    Hate and sectairanism in Pakistan is first spread by the government of PPP by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto when he imposed quota system in the federal and provincial jobs through an ordinance, which is not passed even by a two-third majority and the same is continued by all successive governments, including the sitting government of Mian Nawaz Sharif.

    The day sitting government will abolish quota system from the jobs and will enforce only and only merit, the hate and sectairanism will come to its logical end.

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  • Wizarat
    Jan 14, 2015 - 10:40PM

    Actions Mr. PM and I can assure you if you do not discriminate in taking actions against groups such as ASWJ, LeJ, TTP, ISIS, IS, and others, you would be made Prime Minister for life!!! and peace will prevail.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:17AM

    If that be the case Mr. PM…….why is Abdul Aziz and his wife of Lal Masjid still roaming free ?

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  • Igloo
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:49AM

    Not as long as this man is in office.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:26AM

    OK Mr. PM… Please get Mr. Amir Liaqat to the military courts and set an example so no one else dares do anything! Thank you!

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  • Jai
    Jan 15, 2015 - 8:08AM

    There is still hope for justice for the mass-murderer Hafiz Saeed.

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