Military offensive to continue till extremists are eliminated: Gilani

June 21st, 2009 - 4:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto Islamabad, June 21 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the offensive against the extremists breeding on the country’s soil will continue till militancy is eliminated completely.

Addressing a gathering of thousands of people at the Convention Center here on the occasion of 56th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Gilani warned the militants to lay down arms or face the consequences.

Gilani said terrorists would have to have to face a humiliating defeat, if they do not give up arms.

Describing the slain leader as a brave and courageous person, and a huge patriot, Gilani vowed that Pakistan would continue its war against terrorism and extremism till complete victory, to honour the supreme sacrifice rendered by late Benazir Bhutto.

“The courage and resolve shown by her for restoration of democracy, protection of human rights and preservation of peoples’ political rights, specially the way she spoke for the workers of PPP, has become an authentic and enviable reference of our history,” The News quoted Gilani, as saying.

Terming the ‘Charter of Democracy’ as one of the ‘glaring achievements’ of Bhutto, Gilani praised the former Premier for launching a philosophy of reconciliation which, according to him, changed the political temperament of the nation.

“During her 30 years of political life, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto practiced the principles of reconciliation, patience and positive thinking to achieve her political goals and mission,” Gilani said.

“She raised her voice against extremism even at the risk of her life, to warn the world of the perils of terrorism,” Gilani added. (ANI)

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