Expressing grave concern over the situation in Karachi, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that miscreants were trying to create sectarian strife in the ongoing spate of violence.

 

The premier observed, “We are all mindful of the fact that extremism, militancy, intolerance, sectarian violence and terrorism, all put together have posed a serious threat and challenge to our sovereignty, security and national cohesion.”

 

During the federal cabinet meeting held under his chairmanship, he said that they as a nation have to thwart the designs of the terrorists and the government would play its part in eliminating these elements,”

 

Prime Minister Ashraf said keeping in mind the sanctity of the Holy month of Moharrum-ul-Haraam, he has directed law enforcement agencies of all the provinces to further beef up security arrangements to maintain peace and harmony.

 

He said that the federal government would extend all possible assistance to the provincial governments and all possible measures will be taken for improvement in the law and order situation in Karachi.

 

Urging the Ulema and religious scholars to play their role in bringing peace to the city, the prime minister requested that the people of Karachi to keep an eye on suspicious activities of miscreants and inform authorities about any such activity.

 

He was of the view that extremist elements are bent upon fueling sectarianism in Karachi, expressing resolve that “lasting peace is government’s priority”.

 

“All provinces should take stern measures to curb the unrest since violence and terrorism poses serious threat to Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity. But we are resolute to flush out extremism and terrorism,” the PM said.

 

Describing it the victory of justice, PM Ashraf said closure of NRO case has silenced elements propagating clash of institutions. He said the decision has frustrated those who were wishing clash among the state organs.

 

The premier said the uncertainty situation has now ended and that government implemented all the decisions taken by the court.

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