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Rangers to stay in Karachi until complete restoration of peace: PM

31 January, 2016

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared on Saturday that the Rangers would stay in Karachi until complete restoration of peace.

“The city has seen an improvement in law and order since the operation against terrorists was launched,” he said while speaking to reporters outside the residence of Mian Amer Mahmood, a former Lahore Nazim and chairman of the Dunya Media Group. The prime minister offered condolences to Mr Mahmood over the death of his father Mian Zahoorul Haq.

He also visited the home of former MPA Mian Latif to offer condolences over the death of his father Mian Abdul Latif.

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Mr Sharif said the ongoing Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan was yielding positive results, too. “It has drastically brought down the number of terrorist attacks across the country.”

Terrorists were now carrying out isolated acts to make their presence felt, the prime minister added. However, he said, such desperate acts would also be eliminated through an effective strategy.

The prime minister admitted that there was a need to expedite the implementation of some points of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism.

“Terrorists will be eliminated,” he vowed.

In reply to a question, Mr Sharif said matters between Pakistan and India were moving in the right direction.

He regretted that the attack on an Indian airbase in Pathankot had disturbed the dialogue process which had begun during the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad.

Reiterating his commitment that Pakistan would never allow terrorists to use its soil against any other country, Mr Sharif said the investigations into the Pathankot strike would be completed soon.

In reply to another question, he urged Saudi Arabia and Iran to remove their mutual reservations. “It was Pakistan’s own initiative to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Mr Sharif said Pakistan had always desired that tensions between Muslim countries be resolved through dialogue.

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