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Retribution has led terrorists to go after soft targets: PM Sharif

DAVOS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said terrorists were now going after soft targets in Pakistan after their infrastructure was dismantled by the security forces.

The PM was addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos. He said Pakistan had paid a heavy price for terrorism.

He said fleeing terrorists attacked the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, which was the soft target.

“Though, we are getting positive results in the fight against terrorism,” remarked the PM.

He underlined that Pakistan was facing several challenges in the face of fighting terrorism.

Mr. Sharif said forces had eliminated hideouts of terrorists from the country. It’s the ongoing anti-terror operation that is forcing militants to flee the country, he added.

Regarding relations with India, the PM said: “Once we normalize relations with India and resume the composite dialogue, there is immense potential for trade with it.”

Earlier he also met US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of WEF. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi were also present on the occasion.

They exchanged views on Afghan situation in the meeting.

Prime Minister said his meetings with world leaders at the World Economic Forum will prove to be positive for attracting investment in the country.

Later talking to media in Davos today, he said the forum meeting will be very important for the world economy.

The World Economic Forum annual meeting provides an unparalleled platform for global leaders across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society to discuss wide ranging economic and political issues.Participation in WEF would provide the Prime Minister opportunity to project Pakistan as a prime destination for business, investment and trade.

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