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The Frontier Post

Published Date: Apr 18, 2013

Coordinated efforts against terrorism needed: Mushahid

General Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed here
Wednesday said that extremism and terrorism are the most important challenge
facing Pakistan and proposed to revise and redefine the ‘National Security’

was speaking at a seminar on PML-Q election manifesto. Other PML-Q leaders
including Information Secretary, Kamil Ali Agha, and Incharge Women Wing,
Farrukh Khan were also present on the occasion who said that PMLQ pledged
elimination of terrorism, education for all, better management of energy,
employment for youth, empowerment of women, revival of economy and elimination
of corruption.

Hussain proposed establishment of ‘National Security Council’ along with an
effective ‘Counter Terrorism Strategy’ executed through lead organization based
in Prime Minister Secretariat. He also underlined the need for enhanced
cooperation and synchronization of civil and military, center and provinces and
within various law enforcement agencies. Citing Sri Lankan example he said that
extremism can be eliminated through strong political will, a broad national
consensus, getting media on board and support from international community.

expressed concerns over deteriorating security situation during election
campaign and said that on PMLQ request, interim government is going to hold a
high level meeting with political parties to ensure safety and security of
candidates and voters during the elections.

also promised to form a special parliamentary committee to address all
legitimate interests and concerns of free media including a comprehensive insurance
policy for journalists.

about the policy on energy crisis, Kamil Ali Agha said energy crisis in
Pakistan has risen out of mismanagement and corruption. He said that additional
10 percent resources given to provinces in NFC award must have been given to
energy sector to remove circular debt.

on Women Empowerment, Furrukh Khan informed that PMLQ has empowered women
through allocating 33 percent seats in parliament. She said that party would
establish women protection centers for poor, old aged and displaced women in
all major cities.

as discussant, Dr Muhammad Islam, Dean Iqra University Islamabad said that
majority of voters don’t vote on the basis of manifestos and hence manifestos
had little relevance in political dynamics of Pakistan.

said that PMLQ manifesto had elements of ritualism and symbolism and emphasized
on legacy of Pakistan movement. He also pointed the absence of rural area
development in the manifesto.

Analyst Lt-Gen (Retd) Talat Masood emphasized raising the conscious of people
and holding parties accountable for their promises if they make false promises.
He also pointed towards improving relations with the neighboring countries and
promotion of bi-lateral and intraregional trade into manifestos.