Unity Urged To Defeat Terrorism
Speakers at a seminar urged political and religious parties to forge unity and gather public support to eliminate the terrorists who wanted to destabilize the country by provoking sectarian violence.
The seminar – ëTerrorism, What Would Be Its End?- was organised by Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Memorial Society (MKRMS) at the Pearl Continental Hotel on Tuesday. The speakers, on the occasion, unanimously condemned the tragic incident of Data Darbar, terming it a plot against the sectarian harmony.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi presided over the seminar while Provincial Minister for Religious Affairs Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi and Secretary General Ta’ameel Pakistan Party Aziz Ahmad Awan were the special guests.
Punjab inspector general of police Tariq Saleem Dogar and CMís Task Force for Health chairman Dr. Saeed Elahi were among the guests of honor.
Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi claimed that the suicide attacks on different government installations and religions places were not a reaction of drone attacks, saying that the terrorists had no religion and no sect as they were killers of humanity.
He said that the government of Pakistan was sincere in eliminating terrorism in the country. He said shortcuts to eradicating terrorism would lead us to destruction; emphasizing the need to fight against religious extremism and foreign elements by adopting long-term strategies. He added that the government also had course of dialogue with the terrorists but the latter had violated the charter of promises.
He paid tribute to the sacrifices of the armed forces and police, calling for awareness campaigns to forge unity and tolerance among the masses to flush out miscreants from our society. The way of dialogue is still open but the miscreants will have to surrender first, he maintained.
Provincial Minister for Religious Affairs Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi said that dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had played a vital role in spreading terrorism in the country. However, he said, the present government was trying to curb the menace. He said that Ettehad Bain-ul-Muslimeen had as its members from all sects f the religion, stressing the need to focus on economic stability to end heinous crimes and terrorism.
Brig (r) Aslam Ghuman said that a lack of security measures had resulted in the tragic incident at Data Darbar, demanding the government enhance security at public places. He claimed that differences among the political and religious parties had caused huge loss to the country and the enemies were taking benefit from the disunity.
Prof Dr. Haroon Rasheed said that sincerity and hard work could change our fates, adding that a panel of psychiatrists was studying the psyches of different people and it would give its conclusion after 10 years. However, he said, around 100 children were under observation in Malakand to know what forced them to carry out terrorist activities.
Prof. Dr Awais Ghurki said that economic crisis was a major cause of all evils in the society, especially terrorism.
IG Tariq Saleem Dogar said that the gap in the continuity of democracy and individual-friendly foreign policies had been resulting in the menace of terrorism. He said that the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan army and police of all provinces were unprecedented.
DIG Punjab Constabulary (PC) Khadim Hussain Bhatti, Former Parliamentary Secretary Muslim League (Q) Lubna Tariq, Regional Director National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Col. Saeed Ahmad Khan, Psychiatrist Dr. Haroon Rasheed, Head of Jamia Minhaj-ul-Hasnain, Maulana Muhammad Hussain Akbar, central leader of ANP Suhail Akhtar Malik and Javeria Javed, a student of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) also spoke on the occasion.
Chairman MKRMS Wasif Nagi hosted the seminar while Kashan Haider, Ali Imran and Shahzad Rauf cooperated with him.