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Pakistan rendered matchless sacrifices in war on terror, says Rashid

06 Feb, 2022
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed payed rich tribute to the sacrifices of the security forces. file photo
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed payed rich tribute to the sacrifices of the security forces. file photo

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Sunday said that over 70 to 80 thousands Pakistani people and personnel of our armed forces rendered matchless sacrifices in war against terrorism.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister payed rich tribute to the sacrifices of the security forces, saying 20 terrorists were killed in 72 hours while nine solider embraced martyrdom in the terrorist attacks.

Rashid further said that India did not leave any opportunity to destabilize Pakistan as the entire Indian media seemed to be restless during the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China.

Regarding talks with banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) outfit, the minister said doors for talks could not be closed. However, he said those should not be spared who took weapons against State and our armed forces.

Our valiant forces were responding to the terrorists in befitting manners, he added.

Rashid said Pakistan has deep, cordial and brethren relations with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Interior Minister would arrive in Pakistan tomorrow on a day-long visit. The government was making all out efforts to bring Pakistani prisoners languishing in jails abroad, he added.

Rashid, while speaking about opposition's long march, downplayed the opposition’s call to use all options to remove the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, saying that their rallies do not pose a threat to the government.

“These people say they will send our government home, but they will surely fail,” Rashid said while talking to reporters in Islamabad.

The minister said that the opposition parties were welcome to bring a no-confidence motion, adding that even their combined push will not achieve anything.

Talking about Maulana Fazlur Rehman's absence from Saturday's meeting between the Pakistan People Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, he said Maulana was removed from the huddle like "a fly from milk."

"Maulana can try all he wants but the PPP and PML-N will not resign from the assemblies," Rashid claimed.

On Saturday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari met with Pakistan PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and agreed to use all options to remove Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

Addressing a press conference along with Bilawal and other opposition leaders, Shehbaz said that all political parties were united over the issue of the current government's removal.

Shehbaz, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, said that PPP's leadership had shared its recommendations to formulate a joint strategy against the government. "These suggestions will be discussed at the PDM's platform in the coming days," he said.

Without revealing the suggestions shared by the PPP leadership, Shehbaz said that all options, including the no-confidence motion, will be considered.