President echoes nation’s resolve against terrorism

ON the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day, the spectacular Joint Services Pakistan Day Parade beamed out right and effective messages to both internal and external enemies of the country as immaculate professionalism of the three forces, marvellous show of military might and themes conveying unity and progress of the country highlighted the strength and resolve of the nation to defend the country and take it to new zenith of progress and development. It is also encouraging that functions and flag hoisting ceremonies were held at almost all Pakistani missions abroad including observance of the day, for the first time, at the UN General Assembly Hall transmitting message of peace and love to the international community.
Above all, the highly motivated address of President Mamnoon Hussain boosted morale of the people and inspired confidence among them about future of the country. The President reiterated principled stand of the country on key issues like Kashmir (including assurance to Kashmiris that political, moral and diplomatic support would continue), nuclear programme and desire to have friendly ties with all neighbours. There is no doubt that in the prevailing environment, the issue of terrorism has assumed number one national priority as it is directly linked to peace and stability as well as development of the country. Pakistan armed forces have launched an all out war against terror, which is in its final phase, but a clear and unambiguous message has been sent to terrorists and their facilitators that the fight would not be left halfway and taken to its logical conclusion. This is, in fact, the determination of the entire nation as each and every citizen has been affected, directly or indirectly, by the menace. There are families who have lost their only bread earners and others have been forced to leave their homes and hearths in the face of threats and unabated terrorist activities and the resultant military operation. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in difficult conditions in other areas and their rehabilitation would also obviously take some time. Under these circumstances, no one would like the campaign against terror to be left unfinished as the country cannot afford resurgence of the menace again. What the President said on the issue was true reflection of the national thinking and we are sure, ultimately the country would overcome the challenge.

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