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Pakistan in a state of war, says PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the government adopted extraordinary measures to stamp out terrorism from the country, ARY News reported.

Government took stringent measures within democratic parameters against terrorism, he told while addressing the Senate session here.

Mr. Sharif reiterated that Pakistan was in a state of war. We invited all political parties to form National Action Plan, he added.

He underlined that the government, after December 16 [when barbaric Taliban attack on Peshawar school left 134 children dead], worked day and night to implement the National Action Plan.

The PM said, “If we fail to take extraordinary measures, we may not be able to stop brutalities in time to come.”

He was of the view that committee tasked with forming anti-terror plan completed its work within time.

Without direct mentioning of foreign concerns over executions, Mr. Sharif said, “we respect human rights, but cannot turn our society into jungle for rights of terrorists.”

“We launched Zarb-e-Azb against militants, after all efforts for peace turned out to be futile.”

The PM said 50,000 Pakistanis sacrificed their lives due to terrorism. He told that banned outfits will be banned in letter and spirit. He assured that no group or force could take law into its hands.

“We will protect and ensure freedom of press. We think it’s necessary that other aspects should also be vetted.”

He said the nation should focus on eradicating terrorism from the country.

“Our destination is not so far to achieve our results [in fight against terrorism],” said the PM.

20-point Anti Terror Plan:

The prime minister a week ago detailed 20 points of terrorism action plan in his televised speech which are as follows:

1- Special courts headed by the officers of armed forces will be established for the speedy trial of terrorists. These courts will be established for the term of two years.

2- Sources of terrorist funding will be blocked.

3- Banned terror outfits will not be allowed to operate under new/different names.

4- Special anti-terrorism force will be formed.

5- A system would be evolved for registration of religious seminaries.

6- Total blackout of terrorists will be observed on media.

7- Communication system of terrorist organizations will be destroyed.

8- Hate literature and propaganda to promote sectarianism, extremism and intolerance would not be allowed and effective action would be taken against newspapers and periodicals involved in such practices.

9- Grand Plan will be formulated for repatriation of Afghan refugees.

10- Implementation underway for the execution of convicts on death row.

11- Sectarian terrorists will be dealt with iron-hands.

12- National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) will be made active and effective.

13- The protection of minorities will be ensured.

14- Ongoing operation in Karachi would be taken to its logical conclusion.

15- Under a broader political understanding, all stakeholders would empower Balochistan Government.

16- A comprehensive policy would be formulated for Afghan refugees.

17- Steps would be taken for immediate return and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons. Administrative reforms and developmental activities would be expedited in FATA.

18- Communication networks of terrorist organizations will be dismantled.

19- Fundamental reforms are being expedited to revamp the criminal judicial system in order to strengthen counter-terrorism departments.

20- Actions are being undertaken to stop the promotion of terrorism on social media and internet.

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