ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that each and every citizen of Pakistan will be protected by the state, irrespective of their religion, sect or caste, and that no cause is holier than protecting the life and property of the people.
“We cannot forget and forgive atrocities committed by barbarians in Peshawar, Quetta and Wagha,” the prime minister said. “There will be no discrimination and exception in our war against terrorism.”
On Dec 16, a deadly Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar left 141 people dead — including 132 school children.
In the wake of the attack, a meeting of the country’s civilian and military leadership, headed by PM Nawaz, had agreed on zero tolerance for terror. The leadership had agreed that no leniency would be extended to terrorists and tough steps would be taken in this regard.
The country’s political leadership also constituted a committee to work out a national action plan for countering terrorism and asked recommendations from all parliamentary parties in this regard. The first meeting of the committee is under way at the Parliament House in the federal capital.
The premier also lifted the moratorium on the death penalty, allowing capital punishment for those sentenced to death in terrorism cases in the wake of which six terrorists have been executed.
Earlier today, the premier cancelled all his routine appointments and announced dedicating the whole day to reforms on security-related matters.
Nawaz held meetings to discuss counter terrorism measures with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and other military officials.
They reviewed progress on the ongoing operations in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The military leadership informed Nawaz about their meeting with Afghan National Army and ISAF commanders at the General Headquarters.
The details of a national action plan also came under discussion. The participants showed resolve to eliminate terror networks from Pakistani soil.
It was decided that the Operation Zarb-i-Azb will continue until the elimination of terrorism from the country and vowed that no distinction would be made between those who have committed acts of terror and those who were harbouring, facilitating and financing terrorism.
Prime Minister Nawaz said national unity was needed to defeat terrorists and their extremist ideology, adding that the blood of martyrs would not go in vain and the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan were unparalleled.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily