PESHAWAR- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed the resolve of the nation to take the fight against terrorism to its logical conclusion.

He was addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders in Peshawar today to discuss the national tragedy, in which 141 people, mostly school children, were martyred by the terrorists on Tuesday.

The meeting started with Fateha for the school children, teachers, staff and security officials who were martyred in yesterday’s attack. The prime minister stressed that the nation is waging jihad against terrorism and this mission will not be left unaccomplished.

Nawaz Sharif said that no discrimination would be done between ‘good Taliban’ and ‘bad Taliban’, as there is only one kind which is devoted to harm humanity. Expressing deep grief over the tragedy, the prime minister described it as an inhuman and barbaric act.

He recalled that the government started dialogue with militants after evolving consensus of all political parties. But the government was left with no other option but to launch military operation against terrorists due to their intransigence.

The prime minister stressed that operation Zarb-e-Azb is successfully moving forward and Pakistan was making efforts for peace in the region. Prime Minister said the recent visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan opened a new era of joint efforts to defeat terrorism. Both countries had agreed to not allow their soil to be used by terrorists.

Prime Minister said Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who is now in Kabul will hold talks with his Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani and ISAF Commander on joint efforts to combat terrorism.

Prime Minister invited the attention of the parliamentary leaders for effective legislation to ensure early conclusion of cases involving terrorists and criminals. Without addressing this issue, terrorism cannot be defeated.

While answering a question, he said that the leaders of the neighboring countries have also expressed a resolve, to not let their land be used to harm others. Leaders of different political parties have assured their all out support to the Prime Minister to deal with the issue of terrorism in an effective manner.

Addressing parliamentary conference in Peshawar Wednesday, they suggested ways and means to tackle the problem of terrorism.

On the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said that the issue between the government and PTI is not of an ego, it is about supremacy of the democracy in the country.

Khan proposed constituting a committee of counter terrorism experts. They want to take the process of strengthening of democracy ahead, he added.

Khan said that he wanted to clear this to the nation that the issue between the two sides is a separate issue and they stand with each other against the Peshawar attack. While answering a question, he said that he would leave for his container in Islamabad where the party members would offer funeral prayer in absentia of the martyrs of the Peshawar attack. Khan also said that is was customary on them to get united after such a tragic incident.

Both the leaders shook hands at the end of the press conference. Siraj-ul-Haq proposed to mark 2015 as a year of peace. PML-Q leader Mushahid Hussain Syed stressed the need for unity among people to control terrorism. He said if Sri Lanka can eliminate terrorism from its soil, why Pakistan cannot do it.

Sherry Rehman of the PPP called for capacity building of police force by equipping them with latest equipment. Asfandyar Wali Khan of the ANP asked political leaders to forget their differences. He said the Prime Minister and Imran Khan should be on the page at this critical juncture. The prominent among those who attended the meeting include PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq, President Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan, Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, MQM leader Rashid Godail, National Party chief Mir Hasil Bazinjo, JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, PML (Q) leader Mushahid Hussain Syed, Ejaz ul Haq, Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Pervez Rashid, Akram Khan Durrani, all four chief ministers, AJK Prime Minister, PML -N leaders, Raja Zafar ul Haq, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Pir Sabir Shah, Ameer Muqam and PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen.