Govt won't let terrorists impose their agenda: PM Ashraf
13 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf said a handful of terrorist elements would not be allowed to dictate their agenda and enforce their narrative in the country.
Addressing the National Conference on Child Rights in Islamabad on Friday, he strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousufzai and her two fellow students.
He said the attack on Malala is not an attack on an individual but is an attempt to stifle our way of life. He however said such incidents will not deter the government's resolve to protect values and future of its children.
"It gives me strength to note that the people from all walks of life and political spectrum have been unanimous in condemning this brutal act. This shows that the nation is united to preserve its values. Let us all pray for the speedy recovery of the young girls", PM said.
He said this nefarious act exposes the hollowness of the extremists and the level they have stooped to. Its international condemnation is but natural.
Prime Minister Raja Parvez said we face a threat from radicalised mindset which wants to rob us of peace, moderation, tolerance and patience. The assassination attack on Malala is a manifestation of the same brutal and cowardly act.
The PM said the government has taken a series of steps to ensure access of children to education and health. Steps have been taken to improve the quality and coverage of education to children through better planning and greater resource mobilization.
"We are fully aware of our international obligations in realizing the ideal of ensuring a world worthy for our children," he said.