LAHORE, Sept 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said terrorist and extremist mentality is the biggest threat to world peace while poverty, injustice, ignorance, deprivation as well as aggressive and expansionist designs are a massive hurdle in the way of achievement of this cherished objective.
He said the goal of a lasting peace could not be achieved without elimination of racial and religious discrimination within and outside geographical frontiers, said a handout issued here on Wednesday.
He said Pakistan was playing a vital role in the efforts for peace and harmony in the world. He said Pakistan had been facing terrorism and extremism for the last many years while terrorism had destroyed peace and tranquility in the country, it had also caused a huge loss to national economy.
He said terrorists had shed blood of innocent Pakistanis in streets, bazaars, educational institutions, mosques, Imam Barghas and other worship places. But, he said, credit goes to the Pakistan Muslim League-N government that during its tenure, political and military leadership evolved a comprehensive National Action Plan with mutual consensus for rooting out the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country and effective measures had been taken especially in Punjab for this purpose.
He said it was the result of effective implementation of National Action Plan that peace had been restored in the country.
Shehbaz Sharif said the strategy evolved for elimination of terrorism and extremism was not merely a plan but a vision for eradication of terrorism and it was being furthered as a movement. He said peace and normalcy was returning to the country due to implementation of National Action Plan.
The chief minister said the Punjab government under National Action Plan had made necessary amendments in laws for enhancing punishments while it had also set up a modern and highly trained Counterterrorism Force, first time in the history of the country, which was playing a key role in the elimination of terrorism and maintenance of peace in the province.
Similarly, he said, punitive action had been intensified against offenders under Tenancy Act, Wall Chalking Amendment Act, Arms Amendment Act, Punjab Sound System Act 2015 and Public Order Act 2015 and action was being taken without any discrimination.
The chief minister said measures taken under National Action Plan had laid the basis for peace in the province and law and order situation in Punjab was better than others and a large number of investors from different countries were making investment in the province.