KARACHI: Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Wednesday said Pakistan will not surrender to radicalism, extremism and intolerance and will continue struggle against these societal ills. He called suicide bombers “dogs of hell.”
Addressing a press conference in Karachi today, PM Kakar said: “Those who have misconceptions that attacks like one in South Waziristan a day earlier will tire us should know that we will never forget our martyrs or their sacrifices and won’t refrain from such sacrifices in future.
“We will, in fact, pursue them.”
He said Pakistan was spending its own money, collected through taxes, on the country’s law enforcement agencies. “We are not fighting on donations,” the premier said.
Mr Kakar stressed that all the law enforcement personnel, whether they were combatting external aggression or were playing their role for internal security, were honoured and respected by the entire nation.
“The suicide bombers … the dogs of hell … do they think that my soldiers sitting in Waziristan, Balochistan or any other corner of the country don’t know what God has in store for them,” he asked.
PM Kakar went on to assert that Pakistan had a clear message for those who are spreading violence: “We will keep fighting against the misguided.”
Address to business community
In a meeting with the businessmen in Karachi earlier today, Kakar urged the business community to “share their blessings” and “listen to each other” while advising them to avoid tax evasion for the nation’s collective good.
He said, “We will bring optimism and we will bring positive change. How? I assure you that we will do it together.
“We need to start by listening to each other. We will listen to you (traders) you listen to the state and the government,” he added.
The prime minister stated, “The blessings one gets are not for an individual but for shareholding — it is your choice whether you share in your family, home, neighbourhood, province, country or the subcontinent.”
He further highlighted that tax evasion occurred because the “dispensation of money is not used correctly” and that “people rationalise that their money is not for flamboyant use by others”. The premier added that this had “generated a vicious cycle in the country”.
Stating the government’s economic strategy, he said, “We plan on taxing people, and using those taxes to provide for the underprivileged. This is our aim. If we do not fulfil our aims, then we are to blame.”
Touching upon Karachi’s issues, PM Kakar acknowledged that the business community would have various concerns — specifying electricity and gas issues — and vowed that the government will try to solve those, according to reports.