Islamabad—Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting has said that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is working to eliminate terrorists from country; while, the government of Imran Khan is busy in catching rats.
The minister, talking to newsmen at the inaugural ceremony of Dream Home Expo here at Pak-China Friendship Centre, said the operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched to fight terrorists. He stressed the need to start efforts for changing the mindset causing extremism.
“The operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched to eliminate terrorists but now the `pensive Zarb-e-Azb’ is crucial to eradicate the mindset behind extremism,” he said.
He said all resources will be utilized to fight extremist tendencies and promote tolerance. Syllabus will be improved for the purpose.
There was also a need to respect one another’s ideas and viewpoint, besides difference of opinion, he added.
The Information Minister said the operation would continue till achievement of the objectives.
He said extremism would be eliminated from the country by promoting peaceful ideas and values while educational institutions and media would lead the drive in that regard.
Such literature, fiction, stories and write-ups would be promoted for ensuring an environment where love and peace would ultimately banish hatred and disharmony, he added.
Replying to a question, the minister said the government believed in freedom of opinion and no one had the right to curb it in any manner.
All resources would be utilized to fight extremist tendencies, Pervaiz said, adding terrorists’ network had been dismantled. They were now on the run after destruction of their weapon depots, training centres and communication systems.
Pervaiz Rashid said that federal government was working to purge KP from terrorists and Imran Khan was working to purge KP from rats, adding that we pray for the success of Imran Khan.
He said there was need of ideological Azb in country, adding he said, “We will work in universities, schools, seminaries and religious places to root out the extremist ideologies through media and journalism.”
He said PEMRA has started working more actively. The information minister said the operation against terrorists has achieved tremendous success, and it would continue till achievement of the objective of complete peace.
He said the price of rat caught from Qissa Khawani Bazar is 25 rupees and the price of a rat caught from Cantonment areas of Peshawar is Rs 300. He said Imran Khan should answer about the corruption of billions of rupees in the matter of rats, adding that the allegations of billions of rupees of corruption are being levelled against Imran Khan from KP in plantation of trees. He said there are allegations of millions of rupees in the purchase of trees in Abbottabad, adding that now corruption in the name of rats have been started.
He said Imran Khan was doing rat politics these days and should continue this politics. Pervaiz Rashid said that the day Imran will tell that he has made KP rat free, he will appreciate him over this work.
On housing sector, the minister said it was the top priority of the government to provide residential facilities to the people. Media was playing a vital role in efforts to ensure better accommodation facilities to people, he added.