An all-parties conference (APC) on Monday vowed to unite the nation against the insurgency in Swat
An all-parties conference (APC) on Monday vowed to unite the nation against the insurgency in Swat and Malakand and jointly work for the welfare of internally displaced persons (IDPs), in addition to uniting the nation to combat terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.
The APC – in a 16-point resolution drafted by PPP leader Raza Rabbani – asked the government to implement a resolution passed last October during a joint sitting of parliament and subsequent recommendations by a parliamentary committee on national security.
Taliban: Surprisingly, there was no specific mention of the Taliban in the resolution – which reaffirmed to protect and defend the constitution and sovereignty of Pakistan. It called for the establishment of the writ of the state.
The political leadership condemned all ‘violent challenges’ to the constitution and the state. The resolution reaffirmed that Pakistan’s nuclear assets were under an effective command-and-control system.
The leaders said Pakistan reserved the right to make all strategic decisions. They condemned violations of Pakistan’s political, economic and territorial sovereignty. The resolution said conditional aid for Pakistan would be counter-productive.
Nawaz: According to the Online news agency, Nawaz Sharif told the conference the Swat operation must continue until the elimination of the Taliban. But he was also of the view that the Swat accord should have been given more time.
Boycott: The BNP and the NP did not attend the conference, because the Balochistan problem was not on the agenda, said a TV channel.