Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed the confidence that the 20-point National Plan of Action against Terrorism would help restore permanent peace in the country.

Responding to points raised by some members in the Senate, he said the Constitutional Amendment and amendment in Army Act would go a long way in effectively trying hard core terrorists.

The Prime Minister said both the Constitutional Amendment Bill and amendment in the Army Act relating to establishment of special courts would remain operative for two year.

He expressed resolve of the Government to enforce the new laws with full force to eliminate terrorism and restore peace in the country.

After passage of the bills, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked national leadership and parliamentarians for their support and expressed the confidence that they would also extend cooperation during adoption of laws on other aspects of National Action Plan.

He said new laws or amendment in the existing ones are required to implement other points of the Plan.

 The Prime Minister said draft laws have been prepared and these would be shared with parliamentary leaders before introduction in the parliament.

He thanked former President Asif Ali Zardari for his unconditional support. Similarly, he said, Altaf Hussain and Asfandyar Khan Wali gave go ahead to their parties for cooperation in the process while Aitzaz Ahsan and Mushahid Hussain were instrumental during consultative process.

The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sirajul Haq, Imran Khan, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Dr. Abdul Malik, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and others for their contribution and support.

Speaking after adoption of the bills in the Senate, leader of the opposition Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said definition of terrorists has been narrowed down to ensure that the new law is not used to victimize political parties.

Senators representing different political parties said they stand by the Government and the armed forces in the fight against terrorism.

Those who spoke included Mian Raza Rabbani, Afrasiab Khattak, Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Hasil Bizenjo, Syed Muzaffar Shah and Mushahid Hussain Syed.

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