Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif, who is chairing the meeting, in his introductory remarks said that cooperation was needed on the issues of terrorism, economy and the energy crises, instead of politicising them.  — Photo by AFP
Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif, who is chairing the meeting, in his introductory remarks said that cooperation was needed on the issues of terrorism, economy and the energy crises, instead of politicising them. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday urged all political forces in Pakistan to shun politicking on issues of national importance such as terrorism and the energy crisis, and to join hands to address them unanimously.

Sharif was chairing the All Parties Conference (APC) aimed at evolving consensus on a counter-terrorism strategy as well as a plan to cope with the law and order situation of Karachi.

“We have to rise above politics on some issues and develop a national consensus for the sake of this country,” the prime minister told the political leaders.

Nawaz Sharif said a solution to address the problem of terrorism and extremism would be sorted out with consensus after thorough deliberations with the participants.

The fight against militancy has resulted in the loss of lives of thousands of innocent civilians and military troops, said Sharif. It also caused major financial setbacks as the businessmen were reluctant to invest in the economy, he added.

Sharif said he considered dialogue as the priority option to curb terrorism.

The prime minister said it was a test for democracy to deliver results in shape of peace and a strong economy. “If we will continue to take decisions with consensus, the people will have greater trust in democracy.”

He said that he had also directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to extend cooperation to provinces to ensure their better coordination with the federal government on security issues.

Later, Director General ISI Lt.Gen Zaheerul Islam and Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani briefed the participants of the APC on security situation in the country.

The meeting was being attended by Army Chief Kayani, DG ISI Zaheerul Islam, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, all four provincial chief ministers and governor, and the leaders of all mainstream political parties of Pakistan.

Political leaders attending the conference include Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PT) chief Imran Khan, Jamat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasssan, head of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) senior leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Pakistan Muslim League - Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara, Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel, Balochistan National Party- Mengal (BNP-M) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chudhry Shujaat Hussain.

Prior to the conference PTI chief Imran Khan held a separate meeting with COAS Gen Kayani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

During the meeting Imran presented his party’s stance over the issue of terrorism and said the issue of terrorism in Pakistan was the result of drone strikes in the country's territory. He added that any attempt to eliminate terrorism would not succeed without an end to drone attacks in the country.

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Engr.Umaar shiekh
Sep 09, 2013 11:57am

***May Allah grant us success in this regard


Tayyab
Sep 09, 2013 12:06pm

I am maybe naive but I don't understand why this cannot be discussed inside the parliament or senate.

Mohammad Saleem
Sep 09, 2013 12:52pm

Imran is really out of his mind and is politically bankrupt by entertaining farcical ideas.

Mo
Sep 09, 2013 02:42pm

@Tayyab: A question we will never have the answer to.

Mr.T
Sep 09, 2013 02:57pm

Maybe in KP the terrorism can be controlled by stopping drone strike. But can it controlled terrorism in karachi too ?

Akram
Sep 09, 2013 03:50pm

Why has it taken this long to have an APC on this issue? Its a failure of democracy that it has taken long for all parties to get on the same page.

khan
Sep 09, 2013 03:55pm

Whats the point of operation when the terrorists will be pardoned

Arsal
Sep 09, 2013 04:04pm

@Tayyab:

Yes you are naive and let's keep it that way. No offence intended though.

Shah
Sep 09, 2013 04:14pm

I fully agree with Imran Khans' point of view. Drone attacks are one of the reasons. We must find out the root cause of this terriarism, Are we got too mush involved with US interest in the area? We must do every thing to save this country other wise we will repent one day when US who is not friend of Pakistan will insist on us to give up our neuclear programme.No body shall have wishful thinking that USA will come for our help in bad days.

Imran A.
Sep 09, 2013 06:23pm

If you want to weed out terrorism. Study how the Ottomon empire was destroyed and you will have all your answers. For a starters, google the book "Confessions by a British Spy".

Masood Hussain
Sep 09, 2013 06:33pm

Drones are a lame excuse.Terrorist attacks were taking place during Zia period who was himself pro America and a patron saint of terrorism.

salman
Sep 09, 2013 06:41pm

Mr Imran Khan keeps on persisting with the lie that " terrorism is the result of drone attacks." Cannot remember when he last said anything sensible.

Jimmy
Sep 09, 2013 06:39pm

As a Pakistani Citizen I have a firm belief that Pakistan comes FIRST now this don't mean at all that I support Pervez Musharraf. I believe talks with Taliban factions are imperative but we must know and understand our goals and objectives. First all factions of Taliban need to be on same page and table prior to any talks with government similarly as our politicians and military chief gathered today in organizing APC. Second all factions of Taliban must respect and recognize the sovereignty and constitution of Pakistan. Third and finally Talibans need to throw their arms and ammunition prior to any talks. If all above terms are acceptable then we don't see any problems in negotiating with taliban and bring them in mainstream of Pakistan. Taliban MUST condemn all forms of terrorist activities. .

Aziz
Sep 10, 2013 02:01am

That's foolish thinking that end to Drones will be end to terrorism ... That's only cheap politics by PTI .... The terrorist have much higher ambitions, to bring the state down!

AJ
Sep 10, 2013 04:08am

@Tayyab: Bigger the forum lesser chance of a consensus. You can't even open up all the information and collected intelligence data to a forum of this size as a number of them might be working for some foriegn agencies. You can't be 100% sure of 12 peoples loyality but you have a better chance of trusting 12 national leaders than a crowd of 300.

Humayun
Sep 10, 2013 06:34am

Dear Shah Sir,

Actually it was USA who have repeatedly come to help Pakistan throughout the last 50 or more years. In fact it is the USA as a single country of this world which has given most financial and defense aid to Pakistan. S0 trust in yourself, get out of foreign dependency but don't curse the country which has a track record of standing by Pakistan in all these years. Be grateful and move forward with self reliance. Please stop the blame game but if you insist then please start pointing fingers towards ourselves and ask the question what as a nation we have done to secure our future? Electing corrupt politicians, religious extremism and intolerance towards anybody who thinks different is not going to cut it either. I get it and truth be told USA is not Pakistan and vice versa so don't expect the unexpected from USA. Wake up brother and come in grips with the reality. God bless all