ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said complete elimination of terrorism is critical for economic development.
He said this, while visiting office of National Counter Terrorism Authority in Islamabad on Friday.
According to sources, the minister undertook a visit of NACTA office, during which its National Coordinator Ihsan Ghani briefed him about the steps taken to counter terrorism.
The minister said NACTA has to play a vital role in the fight against terrorism. The government will take practical steps to make NACTA further effective, he added.
The minister directed that NACTA should prepare a coordinated strategy in collaboration with all provinces and institutions. Prof Ahsan said an effective narrative was needed to save the young generation from extremism, adding further research should be carried out on extremist ideas to end the tendencies of terrorism. He directed that a legal framework should be immediately devised about collection of charity.
The minister said, “we have to make Pakistan a peaceful place for our future generation. Our mission is to win the fight against terrorism and establish peace.” The minister said eradication of terrorism was indispensable for progress of the economy.
He said parents should keep an eye on the activities of their children while people in neighbhourhoods should also remain vigilant. “The whole society has to fulfill its responsibility and work in harmony.”, the minister said.