SEHWAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday reiterated his government’s resolve to counter terrorists as he authorised the army to “eliminate the enemy wherever they are.”
According to a PM House statement, the premier was chairing a meeting here in the aftermath of a horrific bomb blast at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
The PM was briefed by the Sindh chief secretary about the tragic incident in which 83 people were killed, 343 injured.
The prime minister said Pakistan had been fighting a war on its identity since its inception. “In the pursuit of peace and prosperity, every state in history has faced opposition from those who have wished to revert them to primitive and barbaric roots,” he said.
PM Nawaz said “for the past many years we have been fighting the enemies from within, and those abroad. We have faced dark days in our history. However, we have always come through with a resilience that has been an inspiration for the world.”
“It is time for us to unite and fight against the radicals, wherever they may be, inside or coming from outside. And I direct and authorise my armed forces and law enforcement agencies to eliminate the enemy wherever they are with the full force of the state.”
He termed it an obligation towards future generations and others facing oppression.
“We must hold firm, but reject fear and renounce this depravity wherever we see it with a moral rebuke we reserve only for the most heinous,” the statement quoted the prime minister as saying.
“My administration will do its part in ensuring defeat to those who question our humanity, and the rights and liberties of our fellow countrymen,” said Nawaz.
“This war will end, and it will conclude with the victory of our people, including our positive values that bind us,” the prime minister said.
The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Governor Sindh Zubair Ahmed, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
PM, COAS visit injured of bombing
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa inquired after the injured of Thursday’s suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan area of Jamshoro.
The PM and COAS inquired about the health of the injured at People’s Medical Hospital.
They were accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Governor Muhammad Zubair, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and PM’s National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua.
The prime minister was briefed by the medical superintendent of the hospital about a number of the injured brought to the hospital and the measures taken to look after them.
The prime minister went round the different wards, met the injured and assured them of best possible medical treatment.
He condemned the incident and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.
He said all steps would be taken to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous crime and justice would be done.
Dozens of people, including 20 children, were killed in yesterday’s blast that also left 250 injured, triggering countrywide security crackdown. Since Thursday, the security forces have killed around 40 terrorists in raids and search operations.