ISLAMABAD - PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari yesterday called for ruthless action against terrorists.

Paying homage to the martyrs of the Army Public School Peshawar as “nation’s heroes who were too young and bare to fight yet too strong for the tyrants,” Zardari said and called for effective and full implementation of the unanimous National Action Plan so that the sacrifices rendered by these heroes and heroines and the nation do not go in vain.

In a message on the first anniversary of APS tragedy, he said: “On this day we salute the APS martyrs, reiterate the pledge to avenge the barbarity by wiping out the scourge of terrorism and religious extremism and call for bringing all perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.” He also called for an “honest assessment” of the abysmal failures. Zardari described as “most troubling to every patriotic citizen” the alleged absence of  progress in core areas of NAP, including action against proscribed groups, reforms of madaris, reforms in FATA, reforms in criminal justice system, empowering NACTA and bringing all intel agencies under its umbrella.

He lamented that banned militant organizations have allegedly been allowed to resurrect under different names behind the façade of charity work and even the Parliament has been misguided in this regard.