Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that peace and security are of paramount importance for economic growth as both are intertwined. Pakistan has suffered long at the hands of terrorism and “We cannot afford inaction anymore. Curbing terrorism is my government’s top most priority”, added the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with Parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) who met him at the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.
Reiterating the resolve of his government to eliminate terrorism, the Prime Minister said that we have no option except vigorously pursuing a well-planned and coordinated strategy to find a meaningful solution to the problem of terrorism.
Expressing the utility of dialogue, the Prime Minister said, “The window of dialogue should be kept open all the time.” He further said that FATA Parliamentarians are the real stakeholders and their input and consultation for finalizing road map for peace in the region is must.
Showing his deep pity over the lawlessness and economic backwardness prevailing in FATA due to terrorism, the Prime Minister said that he wanted to give peace as a gift to the people of the region.
Enumerating the sacrifices that Pakistani civilians and law-enforcement agencies’ personnel have rendered in the war against terror, the Prime Minister said that we salute all those who laid down their lives in the fight against terror and those who withstood the onslaught of hardships of time without getting intimidated in the process.
The Prime Minister said that the people of Pakistan have shown their utmost resilience in their hour of adversity and it is this national character and unrelenting hope for peace which will help us defeat the forces of terror.
The meeting also discussed various proposals and recommendations put forward by FATA Parliamentarians to bring the area into the national mainstream.
Responding to their suggestions for the uplift of FATA, the Prime Minister expressed the resolve of his government to institute such policies and projects in the area which would help the people of the area to play their positive and constructive role at the national level.
The FATA Parliamentarians expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister and further hoped that Pakistan would be able to surmount several challenges it faces under his visionary leadership.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan Minister for Interior, Mr. Pervez Rashid Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister for Railways, Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch Minister for SAFRON, Mr. Sartaj Aziz Advisor to PM on National Security, Engr. Shaukatullah Governor KPK, Mr. Tariq Fatimi Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan MPA, Pir Sabir Shah, Engr. Amir Muqam, Khawaja Muhammad Khan Hoti, FATA parliamentarians and senior officials attended the meeting.