ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, in consultation with all the four Provincial Governments and AJK Government, has formally announced to convene All Parties Conference (APC) soon for evolving national strategy against the menace of terrorism. Addressing an Inter-Provincial Conference held at PMs Secretariat on Monday to review law and order situation of the country, the Prime Minister said that all political and religious parties would be invited to attend the conference. As a first step we would like to convene a national conference to formulate a national policy on terrorism, he said and added that all the major political parties of the country whether or not they were in the Parliament would be requested to participate in it and bring tangible suggestions to eradicate the scourge of terrorism from our society. The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, Federal Ministers, Home Ministers of the provinces, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, DG ISI, heads of law enforcement departments and other concerned high officials. Information Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mian Iftikhar attended the meeting on behalf of his Chief Minister who did not turn up owing to illness. Premier Gilani said that the political and religious parties would be requested to give suggestions to tackle the menace of terrorism. He reiterated that neither the Federal nor the Provincial Governments alone could deal with this challenge. Therefore, he said, besides the Army and law enforcing agencies, the terrorism, sectarianism and ethnic divide need to be handled by the important pillars of the state including public representatives from the all political parties, religious leaders and civil society. The Prime Minister said that after successful operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, the terrorists were now targeting cities as soft targets and killing innocent people. He directed Federal and Provincial Governments to streamline and enhance sharing of intelligence information with one another. The Prime Minister has also appealed to the nation to get united against terrorism and extremism, adding terrorists had no religion and nationality. He said that the Government was determined to completely eradicate terrorism and would never bow before terrorists, adding no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the Government. Condemning suicide attack on Data Darbar, Gilani said that the recent wave of terrorism was a matter of concern for entire nation, saying people of the country were in shock from Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan after the attacks. The meeting was convened in the aftermath of the twin suicide blasts at the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajveeri alias Data Ganj Bakhsh in Lahore. The meeting thoroughly reviewed the security situation and more stern steps are likely to be taken to curb militancy.