PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister while linking restoration peace in the province with stability in Afghanistan has said that terrorism is an international issue and there is an utmost need of courage and unified struggle to combat it.

CM Pervez Khattak said this while speaking at the condolence reference arranged to pay homage to late Haji Haleem Jan Shaheed at Nishterabad Peshawar on Friday morning.

Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser, parliamentarians, high ranking government officers, representatives of the traders’ communities and social figures attended the ceremony.

On this occasion glowing tributes were paid to Haji Haleem Jan Shaheed for his services and special prayers were made for his eternal peace.

CM KP while speaking on the occasion lauded the contribution of Haji Haleem Jan and said that his sacrifice would always be remembered.

Commenting on the need of restoration peace in the province, he said that the province was faced with the challenge of terrorism for the last couple of years. The CM said that instead of losing heart there was dire need to combat terrorism jointly.

He elaborated that systematic steps were being taken to curb the menace of terrorism. He went on to say that armed forces of the country were committed and were ready to go to any extent to curb terrorism.

The chief minister said that peace was essential in Afghanistan for bringing stability to the whole region.

He said that the provincial government, on the demand of traders’ community had asked the federal government for repatriation of FC troops to the province.

He further said that Afghan ambassador was categorically informed for ensuring registration of Afghan refugees in the province and their repatriation to Afghanistan as well.

The chief minister pinpointed that dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees was must for restoration of durable peace in the province. The chief minister said that funding of terrorist from across the border was basic the cause of terrorism and that is why steps were needed to control the sources of funding.

The chief minister on the demand of the traders’ community announced to name Hepatitis hospital as Haji Haleem Jan hospital. The chief minister asked the traders community to contact the government before any call for strike or protest.

He said that provincial government had taken steps to solve the grievances of the traders in the past and would initiate strides to remove their problems of the traders’ community in future as well.

Malik Mehar Illahi, Shaukat Ali Khan, Mujeebur Rehman, Haji Asghar and Ihtesham Haleem while speaking on the occasion thanked the chief minister for withdrawal of notices issued to 2200 shopkeepers, announcing Tamgha-e-Shujat for Haji Haleem Jan and naming Hepatitis hospital as Haji Haleem Jan hospital.

The traders said that following persuasion of the provincial government they had called off their strike.

The traders demanded of the federal and provincial government to take steps for solution of the Afghan refugees while assuring assistance of the traders’ community in fighting against terrorism they urged unified struggle of the government, traders and civil society to combat terrorism.