ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has stressed that all provincial governments, FATA administration and law enforcement agencies should enhance vigilance and ensure protection and security of citizens as it is the basic responsibility of the government to maintain law & order.
A comprehensive and integrated policy involving all stakeholders will be devised to eradicating completely the scourge of terrorism and extremism from the soil of the country.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said this while chairing a high level meeting on National Security specially convened in the wake of recent increase in the incidents of terrorism in different parts of the country here at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat on Monday.
During the meeting various preventive measures to effectively combat the tendency of terrorism were discussed at length.
The meeting decided that the existing parliamentary committee on National Security in its report shall also incorporate the root causes of extremism as well as asses the present threats, prepare a draft National Policy to handle this extra ordinary state of insurgency, devise a De-radicalization program to bring the religious elements to mainstream, devise ways and means to bring the Madaris to mainstream and enhancing capacity building of law enforcement agencies.
In the preparation of its report, the Parliamentary Committee shall also co-opt Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, and Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Secretary Interior, Chief Secretaries and IGPs of the four provinces, Chief Commissioner and IGP of ICT, AJK and NAs, all home secretaries, and DG FIA. The committee will finalize its report within two weeks time.
The Prime Minister further said that the time has come when all segments of the society should come forward and join hands to substantiate government’s efforts to curb extremism, militancy, intolerance, sectarian violence and terrorism as the enemies of the state are bent upon eroding the very foundations of our county, challenging the integrity, security and national cohesion. He said that his government would deal sternly with these threats.
During the meeting, it was decided that the provincial governments should monitor activities of banned organizations, misuse of loudspeakers and hate literature.
The Prime Minister urged that the media should play its due role in educating the people by highlighting the true face of Islam which preaches tolerance, humility and protection of human lives. He also underscored the need for the provincial governments to involve the religious scholars in its efforts to deal with this menace of extremism and militancy.
It was decided to hold the meeting on National Security every month to review the situation. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Governor NWFP and DG FC will also be attending the meetings in future.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of AJ&K, Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan; Federal Minister for Defence, Mr. Ahmad Mukhtar; Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira; Interior Advisor, Mr. Rehman Malik; Chief Minister Punjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif; Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah; Chief Minister NWFP, Mir Amir Haider Khan Hoti; Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raeesani; , Secretary Interior, Chief Secretaries and IGPs of all the four provinces, Chief Commissioner and IGP of ICT, DG FIA, DG IB.
Earlier Prime Minister AJK, Chief Ministers of all the four provinces and Advisor Interior held a meeting with the Prime Minister in his office to discuss the overall political and law & order situation in the country.