Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said here on Sunday that a decisive action against terrorists in parts of the NWFP
‘The operation will reach its logical conclusion very soon,’ the prime minister told journalists at Jamia Naeemia where he had gone to offer condolences over the death of Dr Sarfaraz Naeemi.
About a statement by JUI leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman that talks should be resumed with the Taliban, Mr Gilani said: ‘Maulana Sahib is a coalition partner. We respect him but the nation has an altogether different view and people now want peace and elimination of terrorists once and for all.’
Describing the terrorists as anti-social and anti-Pakistan elements, the premier said that these handful of elements were acting on the foreign agenda.
‘I am not going into technicalities like Taliban and Zaliman. To me, everyone who is against Pakistan is a terrorist. The people of Fata and NWFP are patriots and our brethren. They played a vital role in the Pakistan Movement by supporting Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and are now fighting for the integrity of the country,’ he said.
It was not a conventional war, he added, but the army was fighting very efficiently against cowards who carried out ambushes.
Regarding the demand for a Seraiki province, he said the rule of Constitution would be established in the country. ‘Such matters are not decided by individual aspirations. Division of a province is a constitutional matter and the aspirants can raise this issue in parliament or from the platform of their respective parties.’
In reply to a question, he said all provinces would get their due share of water through the Indus River System Authority, in accordance with the water accord of 1991. ‘I have assured all the stakeholders in this regard and have taken Shahbaz Sharif Sahib on board,’ he said.
About repealing the 17th Amendment, Mr Gilani said it was the commitment made by Ms Benazir Bhutto in the Charter of Democracy which she had signed with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, and President Asif Zardari had twice reaffirmed his resolve to implement the CoD in his address to joint sittings of parliament.
‘We have empowered the Speaker of the National Assembly to constitute a committee. Every political party in parliament has representation on this committee and it is now up to this body to decide the fate of the 17th Amendment,’ he said.
Answering a question, he said he had already announced a Civil Award for Dr Naeemi.
Earlier, the premier offered fateha at the graves of Maulana Sarfaraz Naeemi and his father. He then moved to Muhaddis-i-Azam Hall of the Jamia to offer condolences to sons, colleagues and students of Dr Naeemi.