Dawn – Nation on right side of history, no attack can stumble us: PM Nawaz Sharif

Lahore, 14 February 2017. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the fight against terrorism is about right and wrong, and “we as a nation are on the right side of history in this war”.

The premier passed the remarks while chairing a high-level meeting to review law and order situation in Lahore after Monday’s suicide attack which killed 13 and injured more than 80.

The federal interior minister, defence minister, adviser on national security, Punjab chief minister and other provincial cabinet members attended the meeting.

The prime minister also appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies, saying they have given “matchless sacrifices” to acquire successful results in the war.

“No one should think that we will stumble in this struggle due to such terror attacks. Our enemies will be defeated by our national resolve,” reiterated Sharif.

“We will soon see the end of this cancerous terrorism and it’s ideology,” he added.

Counter Terrorism Department Additional Inspector General Rai Tahir also briefed the premier and said around 12 possible terrorists attacks were foiled in 2016 whereas CTD Punjab killed 231 terrorists during the same time period.

Tahir added that 769 terrorists have been arrested, adding the law enforcement officials are working diligently to restore peace and stability in the country.

‘Such incidents cannot affect our efforts against terrorism’

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Lahore on Tuesday and chaired a security meeting at Lahore Corps Headquarters and reiterated the claim that such incidents cannot affect our ongoing efforts against terrorism.

He appreciated efforts of “intelligence agencies in tracing culprits of last night’s blast”, read a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

Talking about its linkage to sabotage forthcoming Pakistan Super League final match at Lahore, the army chief said that the military will extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled.

Later, General Bajwa also visited bereaved family of deceased DIG Mubeen and offered fateha. Talking to the mother of the deceased, the army chief said the sacrifice of her brave son and those by the nation shall not go waste.

“We have to defeat this inhuman brutal mindset and as a nation we shall,” he was quoted as saying.



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