Ideological war against extremism to continue: Rashid




Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid has underlined the need of an ideological operation for the complete elimination of terrorism after the completion of the operation Zarb-e-Azb in the country.

Addressing a conference held under the auspices of Pakistan Ulema Council in Islamabad on Thursday evening, he said that the ideological war against extremism will continue forever.

Rashid said that there is no link between Islam and terrorism. He said that terrorists have no religion and this has been acknowledged by all the nations, which suffered the scourge.

He said that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony, based on the service of humanity.

Addressing a seminar on the current situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir in Islamabad, Rashid said Pakistan will continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for self-determination.

He said Kashmiris are continuing their constitutional, lawful and democratic struggle in the India-held Kashmir for liberation from the Indian bondage.

The minister said India is trying to suppress the voice of Kashmiris by the use of brute force but will not succeed in its designs.

He said for the first time in the history of democracy, the turnout in the election in Azad Kashmir remained 68 per cent, which shows that the people of the state are independent in electing their representatives.

He said the same percentage in Srinagar protested against India expressing no confidence in the Indian government.

Rashid said that major issues of the country have been resolved and the economy is strengthened.

The information minister said that the nation is united to take the country forward but some elements want to sabotage the development process.

He said that the people of the country have rejected such elements in the previous elections and they will not be able to succeed in the next elections either.