Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that the whole nation is united and determined to root out terrorism and political, religious and military leadership is on one page in the war against this menace.
He said that the war against terrorism would be won with the force of unity and mutual cooperation and the country would be rid of terrorists forever. He said that effective measures have been taken in the province under the National Action Plan against terrorism.
Talking to members of the assembly from various districts, the chief minister said that Pakistanis have rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism and the efforts made by the people of the country for the elimination of terrorism would not go in vain. He said that terrorism would be eliminated from Pakistan and it would be made a haven of peace and harmony. Sharif said that Pakistan is facing extraordinary challenges and it requires extraordinary measures to tackle them. He said that the National Action Plan is a consensus formula to root out terrorists and its implementation will help overcome the problem of terrorism. He said that terrorists and their facilitators would find no place to hide and the promise of giving a safe and peaceful Pakistan to the coming generations would be fulfilled at any cost.
Sharif also presided over a high level meeting which reviewed the pace of the project of mineral reserves in Chiniot. Experts from Germany, Britain and China were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that national economy can be strengthened by making full use of the mineral resources. He said that Minerals Department should work in a professional manner and play an active role in the progress of the economy. He said that capacity-building of Minerals Department is the need of the hour and reforms are being introduced for its reorganisation.
The chief minister directed that the project regarding mineral reserves in Chiniot should be implemented speedily. German expert Dr Jurgen Harteish gave a briefing regarding the pace of the project. The delegation of German and British experts was led by Michael Loos. Senior officials of Metallurgical Corporation of China were also present on the occasion. Provincial Ministers Ch. Sher Ali Khan, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, secretaries of finance and minerals departments and other concerned officials also attended the meeting. The Planning and Development chairman participated in the meeting through video link.