PM chairs meet­ing on na­tional, in­ter­nal se­cu­rity

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Tues­day said his govern­ment was lead­ing the war against ter­ror­ism to en­sure a peace­ful to­mor­row for the coun­try and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Talk­ing to Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of State for For­eign Affairs and Com­mon­wealth Affairs Philip Ham­mond here at the PM House, he said fight­ing the war against ter­ror­ism was the moral obli­ga­tion of Pak­istan.

"We strongly con­demn ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties any­where in the world whether per­pe­trated by in­di­vid­u­als, groups or States," the Prime Min­is­ter said. He said the on­go­ing mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against all ter­ror­ist groups, op­er­a­tion "Zarb-e-Azb" has bro­ken the back of ter­ror­ists.

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif said his govern­ment faced ma­jor chal­lenges of ter­ror­ism, eco­nomic degra­da­tion and en­ergy de­fi­ciency since as­sum­ing of­fice. "We are over­whelm­ingly con­tented that our govern­ment has de­liv­ered on all th­ese fronts. Our govern­ment evolved broad based con­sen­sus on Na­tional Ac­tion Plan, which has yielded very pos­i­tive re­sults in elim­i­nat­ing the scourge of ter­ror­ism from our land," the Prime Min­is­ter told the Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary.

He said the en­tire Pak­istani na­tion in gen­eral and its brave Armed Forces in par­tic­u­lar, have ren­dered match­less sac­ri­fices in the na­tional drive against ter­ror­ism. He said his govern­ment was also work­ing on war foot­ing to over­come the is­sue of en­ergy short­age by the end of term in of­fice, a state­ment from the PM House said. "We will add about 10,000 MW of elec­tric­ity to the na­tional grid in our ten­ure. We have re­duced power out­ages to a great deal in the power sec­tor and are work­ing harder to fur­ther min­i­mize them," he said.

Philip Ham­mond ap­pre­ci­ated the Prime Min­is­ter for lead­ing re­form agen­das in var­i­ous sec­tors. He ad­mired the Pak­istani govern­ment for its do­mes­tic re­form agenda and leg­is­la­tion and na­tional poli­cies to pro­tect women and mi­nori­ties. "You are do­ing the right thing by reach­ing out to your neigh­bours. Your mes­sage of peace is, in fact, reach­ing to the en­tire world, which is re­as­sur­ing," Philip Ham­mond said.

The Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary said the Pak­istani Di­as­pora of around 1.4 mil­lion was serv­ing as a hu­man bridge be­tween the two coun­tries to strengthen the ex­ist­ing ties, and added that they were pos­i­tively con­tribut­ing to­wards Bri­tish econ­omy and so­ci­ety.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Tues­day chaired a meet­ing to dis­cuss is­sues per­tain­ing to na­tional and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity here at the PM House. Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, Min­is­ter for In­te­rior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Ishaq Dar, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Nasir Khan Jan­jua, Spe­cial As­sis­tant to PM on For­eign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, DG ISI, For­eign Sec­re­tary and se­nior of­fi­cials of the govern­ment par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing. A state­ment from the PM House said the par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing strongly con­demned the cow­ardly act of ter­ror­ism in Shabqadar on March 7, in which civil­ians and Law En­force­ment Agency per­son­nel lost pre­cious lives.

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Philip Ham­mond, UK Sec­re­tary of State for For­eign & Com­mon­wealth

Affairs on his ar­rival at PM House.

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