Sh Rashid for building common narrative against terrorism

Sh Rashid for building common narrative against terrorism


Sh Rashid highlighted importance of greater unity among all ranks to fight tendencies of terrorism.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday underlined the need for building a common narrative against the challenge of terrorism so that it could be tackled in a more effective manner.

Winding up the debate on a motion moved by opposition in the Senate regarding the recent wave of terrorism in the country, he highlighted the importance of greater unity among all ranks to fight the tendencies of terrorism and extremism.

“It is welcoming that statements from opposition benches suggest moving together against terrorism. The opposition parties should join hands with the government for building a common narrative against terrorism,” he said.

He said they [parliamentarians] were well-informed about the law and order situation in different areas, so “we need to work together.”

He informed the House that around 10 police personnel embraced martyrdom in recent incidents of terrorism in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, while law enforcement departments had arrested four terrorists and killed two.

Sheikh Rashid vowed that the government would foil each and every conspiracy being hatched against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the friendship of two iron brothers – Pakistan and China.

He said perpetrators of Dasu and Gawadar incidents had been arrested, while culprits of the Johar Town incident had been sentenced to death by the court.

He said it was unfortunate that now India was using some ‘criminal paid elements’ to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan. He said Muslims living in India were facing violence just because of having good sentiments for Pakistan.

The minister said around 21 kilometers fencing work along the Pak-Afghan border and 200 kilometers in Balochistan border areas were being built.

He said the country’s armed forces were effectively tackling the issue of terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, while in Punjab and Sindh, the respective Counter-Terrorism Departments were busy handling the disgruntled elements.