OKARA - Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the fight against terrorism would continue till its ultimate end, adding that the backbone of terrorists had been broken.

"The PPP will get a historic victory in the upcoming general elections," he said while meeting with a delegation from Okara. The delegation was led by Finance Parliamentary Secretary Chaudhy Sajjadul Hussan and also included Muhammad Arif.

Malik said the general elections would be held fairly and transparently on the stipulated time. ZulfikarAli Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto promoted the politics of consensus and also President Zardari was following in their vision. He added that anti-democracy elements would not succeed in their "conspiracies".

He said for the first time in history, the present democratic government was going to complete its five-year tenure. He also termed Larkana his party's Larkana.

Separately, Interior Parliamentary Secretary Ghulam Mujtaba said that the PPP always takes steps in the best national interest. He made the same claims the interior minister did.

TIMELY BIRTH REGISTRATION STRESSED: Birth registration of children is their basic right and responsibility of their parents. Timely registration can help avoid a lot of complications, said speakers at a seminar.

With the help of health, education departments and the civil society, the ratio of birth registration could be raised, they said while addressing the seminar conducted by the administration and the Community Development. 

On the occasion, Sahiwal Division officer Qari Khalid Nazeer, District Officer Community Development Rana Azam, Shahid Masood, EDO Rana Ashraf Javed, Health Officer Muhammad Athar, EDO Education Misbah Tallat and Abdur Rehman also attended the seminar. Qari Khalid on the occasion said at the union council level training was being imparted to secretaries and the registration process was also being made easy.

He said that to create awareness about child registration, the role of religious scholars, teachers and media persons is also very important.

DOCTORS' STRIKE: If the arrested doctors in Quetta are not freed, the Pakistan Medical Association Okara chapter will go on strike and all the district hospitals will be closed down.

Addressing a press conference, PMA Okara President Dr Liaqat Ali Kausar, Secretary General Dr Muhammad Siddiq, Senior Vice President Dr Iftikhar Amjad and Dr Saeed Akthar urged the government to accept their demands and immediately release them.

The PMA threatened that if their demands were not accepted until December 11, the PMA in Okara would start protests in favour of the doctors of Quetta.