Peshawar school attack: Nawaz Sharif vows to `clean this region of terrorism`

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Peshawar, Dec 17: A day after 148 people, mostly children, were killed in a Taliban attack in Peshawar, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on wednesday announced that Pakistan will have a national plan within a week to combat militancy.

Nawaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting of parliamentary parties in Peshawar, and vowed not to show any distinction between good or bad Taliban.

Sharif told the All Parties Conference: “Our aim is to clean this region of terrorism. Not only Pakistan and Afghanistan but indeed this entire region should be cleaned of terrorism.”

The Prime Minister said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan should not allow militants to use their borders for terror activities but steered clear of making any references to India.

Sharif described the attack as a “national tragedy unleashed by savages” and reaffirmed his determination to continue military operations against terrorists.

According to a news channel report, Sharif said that both Kabul and Islamabad would launch major offensive against terrorists.

Pakistan has borne economic losses and other huge losses in its fight against terrorism but the nation will get rid of the menace soon, he added.

The meeting was attended by all the top political parties including, Awami National Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and Pakistan People’s Party, Qaumi Watan Party, Pashtunkhwa Mili Awami Party and others. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, who has been protesting against the government since August also attended the meeting.

Earlier, Sharif has lifted the moratorium on death penalty in the aftermath of the terror attack.

While addressing an All Parties Conference (APC) in Peshawar, Sharif said the moratorium on death penalty, which was imposed under international pressure, has been lifted.

With 8,000 prisoners sentenced to death, Pakistan has one of the largest numbers of people on death row in the world.

Almost 10 terrorists stormed inside an army-run school in Peshawar dressed as Frontier Corps’ officers and killed 141 people including, 132 children and 9 staff members of the school on Tuesday.

(With Agency Inputs)

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