LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said that steps being taken for the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) were yielding positive results and all departments were discharging their responsibilities with the best coordination.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of Provincial Apex Committee, here, which reviewed in detail measures taken in the province with regard to implementation of NAP against terrorism.
Corps Commander Lahore Lt. Gen. Naveed Zaman, Provincial Home Minister Col. (retd) Shuja Khanzada, Director General Rangers Punjab Maj. Gen. Khan Tahir Javed Khan, General Officer Commanding 10th Division Maj. Gen. Aamir Abbasi, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and other members of the Provincial Apex Committee were present.
The Chief Minister while addressing the Provincial Apex Committee said the Punjab government had taken immediate and timely measures with the cooperation of concerned institutions under National Action Plan for the eradication of terrorism,and necessary amendments had been made in the laws for making sentences more stringent.
He said due to effective measures taken by Pak Army, Police and other law-enforcement agencies, successes were being achieved in the war against terrorism.
Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistani nation had resolve to eradicate terrorism, extremism and sectarianism on permanent basis, adding that terrorists and extremists would be defeated with the force of national unity and Pakistan would be rid of terrorism and extremism.
He said the whole nation was grieved at the worst barbarity committed by terrorists against innocent children in Peshawar.
He said time had come to purge the country of terrorists and the nation had united to root out this menace.
The Chief Minister further stated that Pakistan would be rid of terrorism and transformed into a haven of peace through an exemplary display of unity and harmony.
He said decisive action was being taken against the brutal elements and the entire nation was standing by its armed forces and law-enforcement agencies in this war.
He said there was a new spirit and determination in Pakistani nation and it was the moment to take decisive action for rooting out the scourge of terrorism from the country.
He said victory was the only option in this war which would be won at any cost for the survival of the country.
Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistan had the best trained army in the world which was fully capable of dealing with any internal or external challenge and it would defeat the enemies of peace and foil the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan forces with the full support of the nation.
He said extraordinary measures were being taken in the existing extraordinary situation for the protection of life and property of citizens, and encouraging results were being witnessed.
He said terrorism would be rooted out from the country on permanent basis and Pakistan would be made an Islamic welfare state in the real sense.
The meeting reviewed in detail steps taken for the eradication of terrorism, extremism and sectarianism from Punjab, and expressed its satisfaction in this regard, however, it was agreed to take consolidated measures for the more effective implementation of NAP in the province.
The meeting also decided to maintain strict vigilance on the entry and exit points of the province as well as spare no effort for the protection of life and property of citizens.