SIALKOT-Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Kh Asif on Sunday declared that India is behind terrorism and subversive activities in Pakistan, saying that arch rival unable to digest the game-changer China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

"India is promoting and supporting terror activities in Pakistan to destabilise the country economically and politically," Kh Asif told the newsmen after a laptop distribution to brilliant students during a ceremony held at GCWU Sialkot on Sunday.

The foreign minister distributed laptops to 964 students of different colleges in the fourth phase of the Punjab CM's Laptop Scheme.

Kh Asif said that Pakistan wishes and always strived for to establish durable peace in the region besides peaceful and pleasant relations with all neighbours. But the neighbours, he said, never reciprocated Pakistan's peace initiatives.

He said that Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism b since long and has rendered numerous sacrifice. "Thousands of Pakistanis including the personnel of armed forces have fallen victims to different terror attacks and incidents so far besides suffering hundreds of billions of dollars losses to the economy in the war against terrorism so far," he pointed out, adding that all these sacrifices have no parallel in the world, which aim at establishing durable peace and elimination of terrorism.

He asked the World to acknowledge Pakistan's anti-terrorism sacrifices, saying that Pakistan would continue its pivotal frontline role for weeding out terrorism and World should support Pakistan.

He said that the entire Pakistani nation stands united to weed out terrorism and is ready to battle terrorism, insurgency, militancy and extremism shoulder to shoulder with the brave armed forces.

Kh Asif declared that Pakistani armed forces are fully capable to defend every inch of the motherland. "Defence of the motherland is in very strong hands and no one could dare cast evil eye on Pakistan," he warned.

Kh Asif said that Pakistan would answer in a befitting manner if the enemy commits any aggression against Pakistan.

He mentioned that Pakistan always desired for peace but no one should misconstrue the peace desire as weakness.

Earlier, addressing the party workers' convention here, Kh Asif said that the PML-N government struggling to ensure sanctity of votes, saying that one thumb sign of a voter could change the destiny of the nation, not the finger of any umpire.

"Only the masses have the right to bring good leadership into power with the power of their votes," he pointed out, adding that sanctity of the vote is direly needed to promote true democracy in the country", he claimed.

He said that everyone must respect the public mandate. Kh Asif said that politically matured masses would again hand heavy mandate to the PML-N and would again bring the party into power in the 2018 general elections.

The foreign minister said that the PML-N's convoy led by Nawaz Sharif would reach soon to its destination by crossing and removing all hurdles from the path leading to democracy and prosperity.

LAPTOPS DISTRIBUTION

Minister for Foreign Affairs Kh Asif said that the government is striving for spreading the light of the knowledge and education with the promotion quality education.

He stated this while addressing the participants of the laptops distribution ceremony held at GCWU Sialkot here today (Sunday). He distributed 964 laptops amongst the brilliant students of local colleges in the fourth phase of Punjab Chief Minister's Laptops Distribution Programme. He termed the laptop as the big weapons to fight against terrorism for the national development and prosperity.

Kh Asif revealed that students are the future of the country and the government is providing them all-out facilities, to prepare them for serving the nation in a better way.

GCWU Sialkot VC Dr Farhat Saleemi, Minister of Local Bodies Mansha Ullah Butt, MPAs - Ch Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Ch Ikram, M Asif Bajwa, Ch Mohsin Ashraf, Arshad Javed Warraich, Rana Afzal, Rana Liaqat Ali, Rafiq Ghauri, Mrs Shabeena Wyne, Principal Govt Murray College Prof Javed Akhtar Billah and senior educationists also attended the ceremony.