Islamabad-Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid yesterday underlined the need for launching ideological operation to eliminate terrorism from the society completely after the completion of Zarb-e-Azb military operation in the country.

Addressing a conference held under the auspices of Pakistan Ulema Council here, he said the ideological war against extremism will remain continue forever.

Rashid said that there is no link between Islam and terrorism and terrorists have no religion and this has been acknowledged by all the nations, which suffered the scourge. He said that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony based on the service of humanity. He said the whole nation stands with armed forces till the elimination of last terrorist in Pakistan.

Later, addressing a seminar on the Current Situation in Occupied Kashmir, Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan will continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for their right to self-determination. He said Kashmiris continued their constitutional, lawful and democratic struggle in the Held Kashmir for liberation from the Indian bondage.       The minister said India is trying to suppress the voice of Kashmiris by the use of brute force but will not succeed in its designs. He said first time in the history of democracy the turn out in election in Azad Kashmir remained 68 per cent which shows that the people of the state are independent in electing their representatives. He said the same percentage in Srinagar protested against India expressing no confidence in the Indian government.  Rashid said that major issues of the country have been resolved and economy strengthened. He said that the nation is united to take the country forward but some elements want to sabotage the development process. He said that the people of the country have rejected such elements in the previous elections and they will not be able to succeed in the next elections. He said the present government is taking every step for raising the voice of Kahmiries and also to fight the cause at every international forum. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also taken up the Kashmir issue with Indian counterpart on different occasions.

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Pervaiz Rashid addressing Nida-e-Millat Conference organized by Pakistan Ulema

Councilon Thursday. Chairman PUC Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi was also present on the occasion.–Staff photo by Syed Mehdi