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Nation united in fight against terrorism: PM Nawaz

22 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday the Pakistani nation was united in the fight against terrorism and attacks against citizens could not lower their morale.

The prime minister made the remarks during his visit to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi to enquire about health of those injured recently in the Bannu and RA Bazaar blasts.

Minister of Defence Khwaja Asif and army chief General Raheel Sharif accompanied the prime minister, a press release said. The prime minister said that personnel of armed forces have rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism and the nation was proud of them.

Nawaz Sharif met the injured and enquired about their health. He said that the best available medical facilities should be provided to the injured for their early recovery.

Separately talking to a parliamentary delegation headed by Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch, the prime minister said that maintenance of law and order was the government's top priority. "A concerted effort and united stand will enable us to achieve the desired results," he added. The chief minister assured the prime minister of his support on the government's policy on terrorism, saying, "We will follow the government's policy on this issue."

"We are together against the terrorists and want to give a strong message to them through our unity," he said and added that peace and security were the foremost issues. The chief minister asked the prime minister for assistance for the recovery of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi, a leader of ANP from Balochistan.

He said, "We want that the menace of kidnapping for ransom be eliminated from our province and we need support of federal government in this respect."

The prime minister expressed his concerns over the kidnapping for ransom cases and assured the delegation that he would take steps for the recovery of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi. He also expressed concerns over the abduction of the sons of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former governor Salmaan Taseer.


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