Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif today said that State has the right to take pre-emptive steps for protection of its citizens. He said this while chairing a meeting wherein he was given a presentation on Special Counter Terrorism Force in Punjab.
The Prime Minister directed that the new force should be raised immediately with a new command structure and should be professionally sound, competent and adequately paid. Prime Minister said that a new force is needed to deliver and he expected that this new force will help in eliminating extortionists and target killers.
He further said that “law enforcement agencies need to show zero tolerance towards heinous crimes. In this regard, the Prime Minister said, “We have promulgated laws which would deal with the enemies of the state within the framework of our Constitution and based on principles laid down by our founding fathers. Terrorists, target killers and extortionists will be dealt under the law and they will be punished after due process. If terrorists and killers have any understanding of the word of liberty, they will realise its meaning when they will be denied of that under the new law”.
Prime Minister emphasized that writ of the state has to be ensured at all costs. Target killers and extortionists must understand that rules of engagement for such war are different and strict, said the Prime Minister.