PM expresses resolve to root out terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed the resolve to root out terrorism at any cost as it is the biggest threat to the society.

He was talking to media at Shifa International Hospital here Sunday after inquiring about the health of Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi.

He said as the situation in Swat moved towards normalcy, the government had decided to strengthen civil set up including law enforcement agencies and if needed to establish a permanent cantonment there.

All forces including political, military and bureaucracy and the entire nation is united to wipe out the menace of terrorism and no stone would be left unturned to crush the militants, said Gilani.

Gilani said religious scholars would also be taken on board to create awareness among the people regarding the true teachings of Islam and to discourage suicide attacks that have been promoted by the militants.

The prime minister said that in his meeting with Sri Lankan President in Libya he was informed that terrorists were being financed through Sri Lanka and the Lankan president offered to share the information which could even lead to dismantling the terrorist networks.

He said the Ministry of Interior would contact the Sri Lankan government to share this information for further investigations.

To a question the PM said that a meeting of the provincial chief ministers will be held on Wednesday in Islamabad to discuss the strategy to ensure provision of sugar across the country at a uniform rate keeping in view the ruling of Lahore High Court.

The prime minister also said that Pakistan is committed to resolve the Kashmir issue according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and no compromise would be made on it.—PPI

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