Forces are able to control menace of terrorism, says Kaira

Ijaz Kakakhel

Expressing full confidence that the coalition government will be able to control rising terrorism across the country, Adviser to Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday said that general election will be held on time.

Talking to journalists, he totally rejected the idea for holding early election. He also dismissed suggestions from President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi to hold early elections in the country. Talking about surging terror attacks, he expressed concern and said that “as a nation, we believe in our armed forces, and they will again thrash terrorists and their handlers.” The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader added that the entire nation stands resolutely with its security forces to root out the menace of terrorism. “The recent acts of terrorism in different parts of the country are condemnable but they can neither shake our resolve nor thwart the hard-earned gains of peace.”

While criticizing the previous government, he said the PTI government put a dent in the country’s foreign policy by neglecting friendly countries, adding that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto was putting in efforts to fix the damage done by Imran Khan. The adviser lamented the lack of effective new policies and the discontinuity of existing ones during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) tenure.

Instead of opting for rhetoric and of abusing your opponents, name me one thing that you (Imran Khan) can do, he said. Kaira urged Imran to heed the advice of President Alvi, noting that the president had presented a charge sheet against Imran.