COUNTRY FACES SEVERAL CHALLENGES
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: PML (N) government is strongly committed to efficient implementation of National Action Plan (NAP), said Federal Minister for Interior Affairs, Ahsan Iqbal here yesterday. Talking to media after offering fateha and laying floral wreath at the Mazar-e-Quaid-e- Azam, he said NAP has emerged as an efficient tool to help eliminate sectarianism and bigotry in the country. “We in close coordination with provincial governments have managed to bring under control law and order situation across the country,” he said. The minister, however, said country was presently exposed to several other extremely serious challenges and that all measures were being adopted to counter these,” said the interior minister. In reply to a question about Ansar ul Sharia and reported rise in the interest of local youth towards proscribed organizations, Ahsan Iqbal said a collective approach is underway to address the situation. Higher Education Commission (HEC-Pakistan) and other institutions of higher education are on board with equal attention towards revision in educational curriculum of secondary and higher school levels, he said. Federal Ministry of Interior alongwith other relevant ministries were said to be presently in process of holding youth conference in Islamabad very soon. This was said to be followed across the country to help start a culture of knowledge based capacity building and leadership skills among the young participants. In particular context of Karachi, he said Pakistan Rangers – Sindh and provincial as well as federal governments have through a unified approach restored normalcy and consequently the public confidence. There is marked improvement in the situation with significant decline in the crime rates and incidence of terrorism,” he said. Reiterating that country has registered marked improvement in almost all spheres of life, he said 10,000 mega-watts of electricity have been added to the national grid in past four years enabling many of the closed industrial units to resume at least one to two shifts. This, he said has direct bearing on national economy with trickle down impact on the lives of people in general. International cricket matches alongwith other sports activities were said to be a manifestation of the prudent policies adopted by the present government.