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PM urges media to extend full support to Govt for implementing NAP against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has urged the media to extend full support to the government in implementing National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism, Radio Pakistan reported.

Addressing a ceremony of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors i(CPNE) in Lahore today, he said the plan was chalked out with the consensus of all political parties and the military leadership.

The Prime Minister said military operation against terrorists is progressing successfully and will continue till the elimination of last terrorist.

He said terror acts cannot deter our resolve to fight the menace and establish permanent peace in the country.

The Prime Minister said involvement of foreign hand in terrorist acts in the country cannot be ruled out.

He said our relations with Afghanistan are better now and we will jointly work for the elimination of terrorism.

Nawaz Sharif said the government will discuss all issues with India, and will endeavour to resolve serious issues on priority basis.

Referring to his telephonic conversation with the Indian prime minister, he said India had suspended the talks and now they have expressed the desire to send the foreign secretary to Islamabad. He said we will welcome the Indian foreign secretary for talks on all issues.

The Prime Minister said some journalists supported the dictatorship of General retired Pervez Musharraf.  Similarly, he said the role of some media houses during the PTI-PAT sit-ins was also not up to the established norms of journalism. As a result of these sit-ins, several leaders of friendly states postponed their visits.

He said these media houses also worked against democracy, for which they should be held accountable by the media itself.

The Prime Minister asked the media not to indulge in the race of “rating” and play a balanced and constructive role on issues of national security.

He said that Pakistan wants to bring gas from Iran and Turkmenistan which will be used in the power plants and help in power generation.

The Prime Minister said the government was making all-out efforts to overcome the electricity shortage within its tenure. He said in this regard, we have decided to generate 3,600 megawatt electricity through LNG. For this purpose, one hundred billion rupees will be allocated each year in the Public Sector Development Programme. He said it is our utmost effort to provide low-cost electricity to the domestic and industrial sectors.

The prime minister also announced fifty million rupees for the Endowment Fund of CNPE.