KARACHI - Acting President and newly elected Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Sunday called for unity among the political parties across the country in order to eliminate terrorism from the country.

Talking to the media after offering prayers and laying a wreath at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah along with Senator Saeed Ghani, and other senior leaders of PPP - Karachi, Rabbani said that visit to Quaid’s mausoleum was not only his official duty instead he has other reasons for it to as his father was an ATDC of the founder of Pakistan.

Rabbani said that the country was passing through a critical situation that threatens stability of the state.

“This situation demands all politicians, political parties and even political groups to set aside their differences and join hands to counter this menace,” he said adding that operations against criminals across the country should be carried out within the orbit of law and in accordance with constitutional rules and regulations. He said that political parties and state institutions should be on the same page to rout out terrorism adding that the parliament and other political parties stand behind the armed forces in their action against militancy.

“Stability can only return to the country if all political forces will pursue the initiative taken by the army to eliminate terrorism and if this menace is not routed out today than our next generations will not forgive us,” he said. Responding to a query, he said that democracy was still facing threats from different sides, however, only show of unity from all political parties could end this threat.

Rabbani also thanked the political parties for reposing trust on him as the Senate chairman and said that he would try to fulfill all his commitments.

He said that he was fully aware of problems faced by people and would perform his responsibility without any distinction. “Politicians are answerable to the masses, committed to serve them and also protect their interest, he said.

In context of Karachi, he said terrorism along with law and order situation were major issues. “Improved law and order situation in any part of country including that of the metropolis, was prerequisite for restoring and expediting economic activities leading towards social and political stability.”

Regarding FATA, Raza Rabbani said its inhabitants also needed to be included in the political process and the Election Commission was expected to ensure adequate measures for early polls and proper representation of FATA. He also called for implementation on article 162 of the constitution calling for due share of the provinces in their oil, gas and mineral resources from the federal government.