Recovering from a major terror attack back home, Pakistan today said its resolve to fight terrorism is getting stronger every day and is taking very decisive action against terrorists.
Speaking here at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government has taken very decisive action against terrorists.
“When I took over, terrorists were creating havoc all over the country. I called a meeting of all political parties. We discussed bordering areas near Afghanistan.
“We deployed huge troops and started operations. So far, we have been able to destroy the infrastructure and destroy their network. It started reducing and terrorists are now on run and are picking up soft targets like the one yesterday,” Sharif said.
At least 20 people, mostly students, were massacred on Wednesday by Kalashnikov-wielding Taliban suicide attackers who stormed a prestigious university in restive northwestern Pakistan and opened fire.
“Pakistan has paid a very heavy price in terms of lives. There is a huge economic loss also. But our resolve to fight against terrorism is getting stronger every day,” Sharif said.
The Prime Minister also said that revival of economy is very important for Pakistan.
“We inherited three challenges – one is economic problems, second is power shortage and the third is terrorism. We have been successful on all three fronts,” he noted.
“We inherited GDP growth of 3 per cent and now we are 4.2 per cent and we expect 5 per cent this year. Unemployment is also decreasing very sharply,” Sharif said.
Noting that revenue is increasing, he said a very good turnaround is taking place in Pakistan. “We also have China Pakistan economic corridor. This is going to benefit entire region, not just two countries. Pakistan is on right track,” he added.