ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the government was taking effective measures to prevent misuse of blasphemy law as it was non-discriminatory and applies equally on Muslims and non-Muslims.
He was talking to a delegation of the German-South Asian Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament headed by the Group’s Chairman MP Niels Annen here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The President said Pakistan pursues its policy on death penalty in light of its Constitution and international law, a statement from the President House said.
The President said Pakistan’s decision on lifting the moratorium on death penalty shall act as a deterrent to the financiers and handlers of terrorism. The President emphasized that the Pakistani people had been demanding stern action against terrorists.
The President said Pakistan has been the worst victim of terrorism, having suffered economic losses amounting to over US$ 100 billion and having lost more than 60,000 innocent lives including women and children.
Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorism and extremism, the President said that National Action Plan (NAP) has been formulated to effectively deal with the situation.
The President expressed resolve that operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue indiscriminately till the elimination of terrorism from the country. The President also expressed satisfaction on successful progression of the operation.
The President said terrorists have no religion and there was a need to promote inter-faith harmony for world peace. The President said the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental rights for all citizens irrespective of religion, race, caste, colour, creed or gender.
The President said the government has established National Commission on Human Rights emphasizing that an independent judiciary, free media and a vibrant civil society provide additional safeguards for the protection of human rights.
President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan accords great importance to its relations with Germany and said that Pakistan desires to further enhance its relations with Germany, both at the bilateral level and in the EU context.
The President said that Pakistan wants enhanced bilateral contacts, parliamentary exchanges, trade and cooperation in defence, counter terrorism, energy and various other sectors.
The President observed that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Germany in November 2014 also helped to further cement the existing ties between the two countries.
The President apprised that Pakistan keenly anticipates the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Pakistan this year upon an invitation extended by the Pakistani Prime Minister.
The President said that Pakistan was an investor friendly country and looks forward to greater German investment, particularly in the energy sector.