Karachi        -         Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that terrorism is a global issue and the terrorists have no boundaries, no nationality and no religion and their main objective is to work against humanity.

The international community as a whole has united against terrorism and have fought successful battles against them but even today their threat to innocent lives is still simmering, therefore govt strategy to combat terrorism should be multidimensional right from educating our new generation about the fruits of social values, co-existence and inter-faith harmony and plural society.

CM said while speaking at the launching ceremony of Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT), Sindh here on Wednesday at a local hotel. The programme was attended by EU Ambassador Ms Androulla KAMINARA, Home Secretary Usman Chachar and others.

He said that terrorism was a global issue and it knew no international boundaries. “Terrorism emerges in one particular region and leaves adverse effects around the world,” he said and added “it negatively impacts the human life, health, properties, peace and stability.”

He said that in Pakistan, the terrorists were getting discouraged due to the resolve and resilience of the Pakistani nation. “The challenges warrant a focused joint response by the Pakistani law enforcement agencies and civil society,” he said.

Murad said that as part of Pakistan’s global commitment for ensuring peace and security, the government has devised a National Action Plan in close partnership with all the federal and provincial stakeholders. “Approved by parliament, the National Action Plan combines foreign and domestic policy initiatives aimed to detect, pursue, prosecute terrorist organizations while providing protection to the vulnerable across the country,” he added.

He said that the National Action Plan was considered as a well-structured and coordinated state response against terrorism, which had received unprecedented levels of support and cooperation across the country’s political spectrum. “Sindh has developed a Rule of Law Roadmap under which preventing, and countering terrorism is an important pillar,” he said.

He thanked to dedicated law enforcement personnel, civil society and most importantly Pakistani people, the Operations Zarb-e-Azab which focussed terrorism and Rad-ul-Fasaad that was against violent extremism, had started bearing fruits.

“These strategic initiatives by the Government of Pakistan are aimed at ensuring stability and better future, while the country stands on the road to economic growth and development through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” he said.

He added that these comprehensive counter-terrorism initiatives of Pakistan to effectively eliminate terrorism and extremism were being well-recognized globally.

Murad said that Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres during his recent visit lauded Pakistan’s efforts and journey from terrorism to tourism and called for recognizing and appreciating it.

The Chief Minister thanked all law enforcement agencies for the remarkable dedication and immense sacrifices for turning the tide and for moving from terrorism to tourism.

He reaffirmed the political will of his government for working together with our national and international partners to effectively prevent and counter terrorism.

“We look forward to continuing with the same resolve and resilience, with its envisaged contributory effects on counterterrorism in the region and beyond,” he said and added, “we are closely interacting with the European Union, United Nations and other international partners, in pursuance of our common goals and objectives.”

The Chief Minister said that the PACT Project which was launched today would contribute towards a paradigm shift and deliver support to all stakeholders in Sindh, including Police, Prosecution and Judiciary while improving information sharing with federal entities such as NACTA.

Concluding his speech, Murad Ali Shah thanked European Union Ambassador Androulla Kaminara for their financial support in making this project possible and to UNODC for their hard work in bringing this project together in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NACTA.

He said that we, on our part, looked forward to further strengthen our response to effectively overcome the current and emerging threats posed by terrorism, through this project.

EU envoy call on CM

 The European Union Ambassador, Ms Androulla Kaminara called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House. In the meeting, they discussed various issues, including human rights, investment opportunities in Sindh and Sindh government’s efforts to reduce poverty in rural areas.

The Chief Minister said that in order conserve irrigation water his government had started canal lining so that water could reach to tail-end area. “Proper distribution of water and support to the growers, particularly the small ones would help improve rural economy,” he said.

Mr Shah said that his government had done a good job in installation of renewable energy projects. “We have a vast wind corridor with a potential of 50,000 MW power generation but hardly we are generating 11,00 MW, he said. The visiting ambassador assured the Chief Minister that the EU investors and experts would come over to support Sindh to over its power deficit.

The Chief Minister said that Sindh Government had made necessary legislation to protect human rights. “We have enacted prohibition of child marriage and fixed the marriage age at 18 and we have also made Forced Conversion (religion) law in which no body could be forced to change the religion,” he said.

The EU ambassador appreciated the Sindh government efforts and assured their support in promotion of education, particularly of girls and health facilities in the province.

The Chief Minister presented Ajrak and other Souvenirs to the visiting diplomat.