APC unanimously resolves speedy implementation of 20-point nationalaction plan

January 02, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Jan 2 (APP): The All Parties Conference, Friday unanimously resolved that the 20 points enunciated in the APC resolution of December 24 last including establishment of special courts would be acted upon expeditiously.

      "The All Parties Conference gathered to decide about the implementation of the National Action Plan, endorsed the proposed legislative measures including amendments in the Pakistan Army Act to extend its jurisdiction for speedy trial of cases under specified acts and provide the constitutional cover with a sunset clause of two years from the date of enactment", said a joint declaration issued after the over five-hour meeting of the political and military leadership here at the PM House.

      According to the declaration, the leadership unanimously resolved that the entire nation and its leadership stood firmly behind its armed forces engaged in fighting the war against the evil forces of terrorism and extremism.

      "The APC reiterated their commitment to degrading, dismantling and destroying all forms of terrorism and terrorist networks", the declaration said.

      Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while addressing the meeting of parliamentary and party leaders, called for taking bold decisions to eliminate terrorism with an iron-hand, saying the decisive moment has come to hit the terrorists hard.

      "We will not let go waste the decisive moment of hitting hard

on terrorists," he said in an unequivocal terms.  

      The Prime Minister remarked that "If we cannot deal with the terrorists with iron hand, then there is no justification for us to be here". "If we do not take bold decisions even today, the nation will not forgive us".

      He further said, "If the referendum is held today, the majority of masses will give its verdict in favour of a decisive action against terrorists".

      "The commitment of fighting the menace of terrorism demands us to take concrete and unequivocal decisions," he stressed.

      The Prime Minister said, "the demonstration of national unity and accord is a bright chapter of our political movement", adding, a national strategy was being implemented with the support of the nation.

      Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Prime Minister said it was high time for effective implementation of the National Plan of Action on counter-terrorism, without any delay.

      He said the draft bill for legislation was ready and would soon be tabled in the National Assembly for its passage as early as possible.

      He said the 'Sunset Clause' will be in effect for two years and expressed confidence that the nation would see its positive results.

      The Prime Minister said there was no room for debate on the Bill in National Assembly, owing to its urgent nature. Besides, he said that the government had also done marathon sessions to deeply examine the draft while the Army Chief had also done brainstorming on the issue.

      The Prime Minister welcomed the national leaders for showing unity for national cause by meeting thrice in fifteen days, after the Peshawar massacre of school children.

      He said the national leadership was swift enough to finalize the recommendations through a committee within seven days and the party leaders agreed on 20-point plan on counter-terrorism.

      He expressed satisfaction that the political and military leadership had taken decisions for the better future of this country.

      Prime Minister Sharif said he wanted to see Pakistan as a place where no one could harm others and the common man lives with peace of mind.

      He mentioned that several other countries made laws against terrorism and implemented them strictly for successful results.

      Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt briefed the meeting on legal and constitutional amendments required for the implementation of the National Action Plan.

      Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, Senator Farooq H Naek and Senator Farogh Naseem also addressed the conference.

      In his brief address, Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples' Party Asif Ali Zardari said they fully supported the government in fight for elimination of terrorism as "it is a national mission".

      President Pakistan Muslim League Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said without indulging into legal and constitutional hitches, we should think about the mothers who have been deprived of their kids permanently.

      Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar said his party fully supported the idea of establishing military courts in the country.

      Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said, "Mr Prime Minister! We fully support you in this mission".

      Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif described the war against terrorism a `national war' that would have to be won at any cost. He said support extended by the political leadership of the country was their strength.

      Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also briefed the meeting.

      The participants of the meeting offered fateha for the shaheed jawans killed by the Indian border security forces.

      The political leaders among others who attended the consultative meeting included PPP's Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Khursheed Ahmed, Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Mian Raza Rabbani, Rehman Malik, Farhatullah Babar, Sherry Rehman and Farooq H. Naik; Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf's Imran Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood, Naeem-ul-Haq and Shireen Mazari; Fazl-ur-Rehman (JUI F), Muzaffar Hussain Shah (PML-F), Mehmood Khan Achakzai (PKMAP), Sirajul Haq (JI), ANP's Afrasiab Khattak and Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Ch Shujaat Hussain (PML Q), Mushahid Hussain (PML Q), MQM's Farooq Sattar, Babar Khan Ghouri, Khalid Maqbool and Farogh Naseem, Hasil Khan Bizenjo (NP), Aftab Sherpao (QWP), Abbas Khan Afridi (FATA Senator), Kalsoom Perveen (BNP), Senator Sajid Mir and Ghazi Gulab Jamal (MNA FATA).

      Key cabinet members including Defence Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar, Minister Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for SAFRON, Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhawa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Chief Minister KPK, Pervaiz Khattak and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah were also present besides DG ISI and DG ISPR.