PTI and apex committee meeting

PTI and apex committee meeting

PM slams PTI for skipping apex committee huddle amid terror uptick

Pak Chronicle Web Desk

Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif has strongly criticized opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for avoiding an apex committee meeting which was held to have deliberation on a fresh wave of terrorists’ attacks in the country.

 “After Peshawar incident, I invited all political stakeholders… but they [PTI] did not consider it appropriate to participate in the huddle and they are still trying to resolve matters on the streets,” he said while addressing a group of participants on Friday.

During the apex committee meeting, both the top civil and military leadership had attended the meeting.

The premier did not mention the name of any political party but by all means he was referring to PTI which is currently engaged in Jail Bharo Tehreek (court arrest drive) as part of its protest demonstration against the incumbent government.

The prime minister, Sharif was of the view that for the sake of prosperity all stakeholders should sit down to resolve pressing matters. However, he further said, one particular segment was still trying to disrupt the matters which he said was a condemnable act. Again he was referring to PTI.

He maintained that to make Pakistan an economic tiger, all need to rise above one’s likes or dislikes.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has called for setting aside personal interests to put country on the path of development, Radio Pakistan reported.

He further stated that the coalition partners in the government have compromised their political capital for the sake of the country. The premier was referring to the political consequences which political parties in the coalition government may face as the result of unprecedented higher inflation levels in the country. This inflation level is the result of an implementation program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Under the IMF program Pakistan has taken several measures including massively increasing the price of petroleum products, electricity, gas etc. These economic measures have overburdened the already downtrodden public.

He said after a terrorist attack in Peshawar in a seven hours long session of the apex committee, several decisions were made to curb the terrorism in the country.

The prime minister also lauded the role of Sindh Police, Rangers and Pakistan Army which they played to counter attack on the Karachi Police Office.

He recalled that after the attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar in 2014, the leadership of the country had devised the National Action Plan (NAP).

National Action Plan (NAP) refers to a comprehensive strategy that is designed to address a specific issue of national importance. In the context of Pakistan, the National Action Plan refers to a set of measures that were taken in the aftermath of the tragic Army Public School attack in December 2014, which claimed the lives of 140 innocent children and teachers.

 The National Action Plan was formulated as a joint effort between the federal and provincial governments, the military, and other law enforcement agencies.

The plan was announced by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif on December 24, 2014, and was intended to counter terrorism, extremism, and sectarianism in the country.

The National Action Plan had 20 points which were focusing on a wide range of issues and implementation on a few points of it had massively decreased terrorist activities in the country.


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