LAHORE: The provincial apex committee expressed satisfaction over measures taken in the Punjab under the National Action Plan for eliminating terrorism.
The committee also appreciated performance of the Punjab government and law enforcement agencies regarding recent successful operations against terrorists and their facilitators.
The 6th meeting of the committee was held here with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in the chair while Corps Commander Lahore Lt. Gen. Naveed Zaman, Provincial Minister Col. Retd. Shuja Khanzada, Chief Secretary Khyzar Hayat Gondal, DG Rangers Punjab Maj. Gen. Umer Farooq Barki, General Officer Commanding 10-Div Maj. Gen. Sardar Tariq Aman, Inspector General Police Punjab, Provincial Home Secretary and senior civil and military officers attended the meeting.
The participants decided to take more effective steps speedily for the implementation of National Action Plan. The provincial apex committee also expressed determination for the complete elimination of terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.
It was also decided that there will be ban on collection of Zakat and Fitrana by the banned organizations. Similarly, activities of banned organizations will be completely controlled.
It was also decided that indiscriminate crackdown will be carried out against terrorists and facilitators of extremists as well as those providing them financial assistance.
Addressing the meeting of Provincial Apex Committee, Shahbaz Sharif said the National Action Plan reflected national determination for elimination of terrorism. He said that federal and provincial governments were taking action under the National Action Plan with complete coordination and the whole nation has decided to eliminate terrorism. He added that successful operation of Pak Army against terrorists, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, was continuing with full force and enemies of the country were being brought to their logical end through Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
He said the Pakistan Army had written a new history of courage and bravery in the war against terrorism. He said that besides officers and jawans of Pakistan Army, police, security institutions, all segments of society, including children, have rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
Shahbaz Sharif said the war against terrorism was a war for the survival of the country and the whole nation was standing shoulder by shoulder with Pakistan Army.
He said that this war will continue till elimination of the last terrorist from the country.
He said that terrorists and their facilitators will find no place to hide in Pakistan.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government had taken effective measures under National Action Plan for the elimination of terrorism.
He said that Counter Terrorism Force had been established in the province and it has been imparted modern training.
Corps Commander Lahore Lt. Gen. Naveed Zaman expressed his firm resolve to continue indiscriminate action against network of terrorists, their facilitators and those providing them financial assistance.
A detailed briefing was also given to the meeting regarding the steps taken in the province under National Action Plan against terrorism.
Earlier, Corps Commander Lahore Lt. Gen. Naveed Zaman met Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Matters of mutual interest, professional affairs and the steps taken under National Action Plan against terrorism were discussed in the meeting.
The chief minister paid tributes to supreme sacrifices of the officers and jawans of Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism.