At least 141 people including 132 schoolchildren were killed when Taliban militants stormed Peshawar’s Army Public School. Nine staff members including the principal were also slain in the attack.
Nawaz Sharif, speaking at the All-Parties Conference here in Peshawar, said that Pakistan has given countless sacrifices and suffered huge economic losses in the war against terrorism. He added that the sacrifices should not go in vain.
“At first, all parties decided that talks should be held with militants but the results were infront of our eyes when several terrorist incidents took place in the country. We again gave negotiations a chance but incidents like Karachi Airport Attack took place and the government decided to launch an offensive against the militants”, he said.
The prime minister said that many breakthroughs were achieved and are still being achieved in the Zarb-e-Azb military operation in North Waziristan. He added that several terrorists managed to escape the tribal belt.
“Many low-level terrorist incidents also took place in the country when the military was carrying out the offensive”, Sharif said.
PM Sharif said that Pakistan and Afghanistan both have agreed to not allow their lands for attacks against each other. He added that he and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to open “a new chapter of bilateral relations”.