LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the whole nation is united in the war against terrorism.

“We are advancing successfully towards eliminating extremism and terrorism,” the chief minister said in a statement issued yesterday.

Shehbaz said the Pak Army, through its bold actions, had broken the backbone of terrorists. “The army has achieved marvelous successes through Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” he added.

However, elimination of terrorists and their facilitators is essential for survival and stability of the country, he highlighted.

According to the CM, the steps taken under the National Action Plan (NAP) have yielded positive results. “Today’s Pakistan is much safer and a peaceful than in the past. The country will be made a hub of peace by winning the war against terrorism,” Shehbaz Sharif vowed.

Condemns mosque blast

Also, the chief minister strongly condemned the suicide blast in a mosque in Mohmand Agency in which at least 29 people including five children were killed while more than 35 others were seriously injured.

Shehbaz expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives. He sympathised with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

He said that cowardly activities of the terrorists could not weaken the unflinching determination of the nation against terrorism. “Terrorists have no religion and are enemies of humanity,” he added.

Stresses action against Indian brutalities in Kashmir

The CM strongly condemned Indian atrocities and brutalities in occupied Kashmir and said that solution of Kashmir issue was essential for a durable peace in South Asia.

He said that solution of Kashmir problem in the light of UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people was the need of the hour.

“India is using pellet guns and other tactics to suppress freedom movement in Kashmir and Indian army has unleashed an era of cruelty and oppression against Kashmiri people.”

Shehbaz said that India, which claims to be a secular country, was violating all human rights in occupied Kashmir.

He added that the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, a freedom fighter killed by Indian army in July, had proved that desire for freedom was in the blood of Kashmiri people and they could not be denied their right to self-determination any longer.

Shehbaz Sharif stressed upon world community to take notice of cruelties and brutalities against unarmed Kashmiri people. He said that people of Pakistan express their complete solidarity with their Kashmiri brothers and sister, and would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir.