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  • PM Shehbaz vows to overcome menace of terrorism with collective efforts

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    Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to overcome the menace of terrorism with collective efforts and wisdom.

    Speaking at a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on Wednesday, he expressed his serious concerns over the resurgence of terrorist elements especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    The Prime Minister said that if immediate and effective steps were not taken, the despicable incidents might spread to other parts of the country.

    The premier said that the government has been giving funds to KP under the NFC awards since 2010 which makes the total amount of Rs417 billion.

    The premier questioned where the "big amount" was used, saying that the PTI has ruled in the province for 10 years.

    He said that everyone in the country is asking the same question.

    "Who brought them back? How did Pakistan's peace was disrupted again and how did KP come under attack, once again?" he told the cabinet.

    "Who said that they [terrorists] are jihadists and that they are friends of Pakistan? Who said that they have surrendered and will participate in the development of Pakistan?"

    "No other province received that kind of money except KP. The province has received Rs40 billion annually," he highlighted. The PM added that he is stating facts only and not levelling accusations.

    The PM further said that National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and CTDs were established, and to say that that they don't have funds is an attempt to "distort the facts".

    PM Shehbaz said that even after that, the KP government laments that there are weaknesses in their Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and that they have no equipment.

    The PM warned of terrorism spreading in other areas of Pakistan once again if "appropriate steps are not taken". However, he assured that the government will control terrorism with "collective efforts".

    PM Shehbaz recalled that defeat was inflicted on the terrorist elements through Radd-ul-Fasaad and Zarb-e-Azb operations because of which peace was restored in the country. He said people belonging to different walks of life, including politicians, rendered their lives in the war against this menace. "However, the resurfacing of terrorist elements is a matter of concern," he said.

    He was especially appreciative of the sacrifices rendered by the people of KP in the war on terrorism. He said KP has remained our front-line province in this war and its sacrifices will always be remembered in history.