LAHORE - The Apex Committee comprising both civil and the military leadership has decided to fast-track implementation on National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism in Punjab.

The Punjab Apex Committee met here on Wednesday with Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in chair and attended by Corps Commander Lahore Lt-Gen Naveed Zaman, Director General Punjab Rangers Maj-Gen Khan Tahir Javed Khan, General Officer Commanding 10th Division Maj-Gen Amir Abbasi, Provincial Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Punjab chief secretary, inspector general of police, secretary home and other senior officers.

The meeting unanimously decided to take immediate measures for the effective implementation on NAP.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that after consensus over NAP, immediate decisions were taken and positive results were being witnessed due to their implementation. He said extraordinary and immediate measures were required in the present situation. Shahbaz said that martyrdom of students of Army Public School Peshawar had promoted national unity and the barbarity shown against innocent children was unprecedented.

He said political, military and religious leadership of the country was on the same page against terrorism. Shahbaz said there was a heavy responsibility on every member of the society at this critical juncture of national history and victory was the only option in the war of survival. He said terrorists were enemies of Pakistan and they would be rooted out to give a safe and peaceful country to the future generations.

The chief minister said that Pak Army was the best trained and disciplined force of the world and officers and jawans of Pak Army, police and common citizens had rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terrorism. He said all segments of the society will have to play an active role in the war against terrorism to defeat terrorists and their facilitators.

Shahbaz said that terrorism, extremism and sectarianism would be eliminated from the country with the force of unity and terrorists would find no place to hide in Pakistan. He said it was high time to come out for the survival of the country. The chief minister said that the course of history would be changed and Pakistan would be made an Islamic welfare state in the real sense.

The meeting also reviewed security arrangements in the province and it was decided to take all out steps for the protection of life and property of citizens. Proposals to make security arrangements foolproof were also discussed on the occasion.