Wiping out militancy imperative for Pak’s existence: Nawaz Sharif
The Prime Minister chaired a meeting at the Prime Minister House here to review the progress on the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP), adopted after Peshawar school attack to deal with terrorism.
According to an official statement, Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Advisor and the Convener of Implementation and Review Committee of National Action Plan, made a presentation detailing implementation status as to various components of the NAP.
Sharif expressed his satisfaction on the progress made by various provincial and federal agencies so far and directed that the pace of implementation should be further expedited. Sharif said, “eradication of the menace of terrorism was neither a choice nor an option, but an imperative for our existence and survival.” Various laws governing the anti-terrorism efforts were also reviewed and ways and means to make these laws more effective were discussed.
The report presented to the Prime Minister by the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Reforms Committee was also discussed and it was decided that the report shall be made public to elicit further debate and discussion towards developing a national consensus on the committee recommendations.
Lawyers continue to strike in Balochistan
Lawyers in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province have been boycotting court proceedings for the past 16 days over compensation to the victims of the August 8 suicide bombing that killed 74 people, causing trouble to the litigants.
President of the Balochistan High Court Bar Abdul Ghani Khiljee on Wednesday said lawyers have boycotted court proceedings throughout the province since the suicide bombing. “We realise the hardships being faced by people, who have cases pending in courts, and discussions are being held among the lawyers to decide when to resume duties,” he said.
Khilji said the lawyers were continuing their strike as many of their colleagues injured in the suicide blast at the entrance of a Civil Hospital were still to get compensation. The blast had occurred on August 8 when 200 lawyers had gathered outside the hospital’s emergency ward in Quetta.