Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday that the eradication of terrorism, religious extremism and sectarianism was vital for national progress and prosperity.
He was speaking to a delegation of lawmakers. Sharif said the scourge of terrorism would be eradicated with national unity. He said the valiant citizens of the nation would emerge victorious in the war against terrorism. Sharif said every effort was being made to secure the future of coming generations and the federal and provincial governments had been moving in tandem against terrorism.
The chief minister said it was imperative to foster peace to make the nation self-reliant. He said indiscriminate action was being taken against militants. Sharif said the nation was determined to rid itself of the scourge of terrorism and those responsible for shedding the blood of innocent citizens would pay the price for their actions. He said the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism had been yielding positing results.
Sharif said terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism had jeopardised national security. He said a few miscreants could not break the nation’s resolve against terrorism. The chief minister said it was mandatory to check religious extremism to promote economic and social activities.
He said the government, military and state institutions had been working in concert to eradicate terrorism. Sharif said the entire nation was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the armed forces at this critical juncture in national history. He said the decisions taken under the NAP were being effectively implemented in the Punjab.
National Assembly Member (MNA) Mian Rasheed and Provincial Assembly Members (MPAs) Hassan Riaz, Ali Abbas, Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain, Karamdad Wala, Saira Iftikhar and Mary Gill were also present on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2015.
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