Condemning attack on National Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had been enduring the torment of terrorism for a long time.
Addressing a session of the Senate, the premier further stated that the attack on Malala Yousafzai was a manifestation of the sick mindset and they will have to fight against it. He assured that such acts could never shake the resolve of people pursuing peace.
In quite an emotional tone he said, “Malala is the daughter of nation and if she is not safe then no child is safe in the country.”
Commenting on Baluchistan, PM Ashraf said that the government was ready to hold talks with dissident Baloch leaders for bringing peace and stability in the region. He, however, said that the talks must take place under a constitutional framework.
Declaring that Baluchistan was the government’s first priority, he stated that true representatives were the ones elected by the people and therefore the Baloch leadership must participate in the elections.
He noted, “It was due to democracy that a man like himself, who came from the middle class, has become the country’s prime minister. Countless sacrifices have been made in order to uphold democracy in the country.”
Assuring the Upper House that the government was fully aware of the challenges faced by the country, he said that neither was the government negligent nor was it evading its responsibilities. He also said that it was the duty of the parliament to resolve the various issues and address the challenges.
Furthermore, PM Ashraf stated that restoring the Constitution, the implementation of the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award and the passage of the 18th Amendment were some of the major accomplishments of the current parliament. The sustaining democracy was imperative for the country’s progress, he added.
He insisted that parliament is the supreme decision-making body and senate is its most important part. He said all important issues are identified and debated in these institutions and the government was not unaware of any issue facing the country.