ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf on Monday said in clear terms that dialogue with India without Kashmir was not possible. He was chairing the meeting of federal cabinet that took place after two and half months at Prime Minister’s office.

He said that the government was committed to implement National Action Plan [NAP] while the Karachi operation will continue till restoration of peace in the city. The PM also appreciated efforts of armed forces and the army chief on achievements in Operation Zara-e-Azb. The PM said that any dialogue sans Kashmir Issue will be futile adding that Kashmiri leaders are not third party but an important part of the issue. He said that any decision on their future cannot be made without their consultation.

Earlier, adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the cabinet on the deadlock in recent dialogue with India.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan also briefed the Cabinet on progress achieved on the NAP so far. He informed that the government is making progress in the key elements of the Plan and due to sacrifices of the armed forces and LEAs the situation has improved a lot. He assured the Cabinet members that no criminal element or terrorist will be spared in implementation of the NAP. The Interior Minister said that the overall security situation in the country has improved considerably.

After detailed presentation on status of the National Action Plan, the Prime Minister appreciated efforts of the Interior Minister and hoped that the mission would continue. He said that the government is committed to implement NAP in its essence as.

He emphasised that those who are involved in sectarianism will be dealt with iron hands and all those who disseminate hatred, incite militancy and encourage terrorism will not be spared at any cost. He added that terrorists who play with lives of people and humanity are committing unforgivable crime and they will not be spared. Prime Minister noted that the operation against criminal elements in Karachi was launched with consensus of all the stakeholders and the results of the operation are visible. He said that citizens of Karachi want peace while the government will not allow political expediency to come in the way of restoring peace of the city of the Quaid.

He added the government will not step back on the Karachi operation and those who came in the Parliament with people’s mandate should raise their issues on the floor. He assured that the government will continue its efforts to provide peace and security to people of the metropolis.

The PM directed Ministry of Interior to prepare a strategy to deweaponise society as no democratic government can allow armed groups to operate with impunity.

PM informed cabinet that operation Zarb-e-Azb is achieving its objectives with success and for this credit goes to armed forces and civilian institutions. He added that even the international community has appreciated the achievements of Zarb-e-Azb. In this regard the Prime Minister lauded efforts and determination of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. The Prime Minister also commended efforts of Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sohail Aman for leading operation from the front.

The Prime Minister said that the situation in Balochistan is improving day by day and this process will continue till peace and prosperity from FATA to Balochistan and the city of Quaid. He said that the future is going to be better than the past.

PM also reviewed the performance of different ministries and ordered cabinet members to play their role more effectively. The PM also constituted a five member Cabinet Committee to oversee implementation of Supreme Court’s directions regarding use of Urdu language for official business in government and semi government departments.

Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid will be the chairman of the Committee. Other members of the Committee include Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister for Housing Akram Durrani; Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui and Special Assistant for Cabinet Affairs Barrister Zafarullah. The Committee will propose concrete steps besides taking necessary measures for promotion of Urdu in the official communication.

The Cabinet considered and approved various agenda items placed before it which included MoUs with foreign countries in the field of Aviation, Climate Change, Commerce, Defense, Economic Affairs, Education, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Science & Technology, Water & Power, Board of Investment, Ports & Shipping and Information, Broadcasting &National Heritage.

The Cabinet offered Fateha for the departed souls of victims of Attock suicide attack and paid tribute to Shaheed Col (R) Shuja Khanzada for his sacrifice. The Prime Minister acknowledged the contribution of Shaheed Shuja Khanzada in golden words as member of the Provincial Assembly as well as Home Minister Punjab for fighting militancy and extremism.