PESHAWAR: The country’s civil and military leaders blamed the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for the tragedy in Peshawar and decided to take the matter to a higher level with the interim Afghan government.
They sent a clear message that Pakistan will no longer tolerate cross-border terrorism.
The Apex committee assured the nation that those who attacked innocent Pakistanis will be punished and the government will meet its expectations.
The participants saluted the armed forces, Pakistan Rangers, Frontier Constabulary, Counter-Terrorism Department, police and other law enforcement agencies for their unprecedented valour against terrorism, and paid tribute to the officers and soldiers who were martyred in the terror incidents.
The meeting was informed that the Afghan Taliban expressed their inability to tackle the TTP. However, Pakistan was not convinced and decided to convey to the Afghan leadership at the highest level that TTP sanctuaries must be eliminated.
The Apex Committee agreed in principle to adopt a united approach and strategy by the center and federating units to eliminate terrorism and directed the formulation of an effective strategy for this purpose.
The committee appealed to religious leaders and scholars to utilize their platforms to eradicate terrorism by spreading awareness of the “Paigham-e-Pakistan” declarations and religious institutions’ guidelines, which state that terror attacks are sinful and contravene the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. They emphasized that those who take innocent lives have no connection to Islam.
Federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Senator Azam Nazir Tarar, Maulana Asad Mehmood, Aminul Haq, Mufti Abdul Shakoor and Marriyum Aurangzeb, Adviser to the PM Engineer Amir Muqam, KP Governor Haji Ghulam Ali and caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan was part of the meeting.
The caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Prime Minister Tanvir Ilyas, leaders of political parties, community leaders, religious scholars, representatives of intelligence agencies and high ranking police officers also attended the meeting.
Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir, chiefs of armed and civil forces, Secretary Interior, chief secretaries and inspectors general of police of all provinces, including Islamabad, AJK and GB, and the National Coordinator of National Counter Terrorism Authority were also present in the meeting.
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