Dipl: (Norwegian foreign minister calls on NA Speaker)

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that political forces in Pakistan were united to root-out terrorism from the country.

He said that terrorism has become a global menace which needs concerted and coordinated efforts by all to completely wipe it out. He was talking to Foreign Minister of Norway Borge Brende, who called on him here at Parliament House on Monday.

The Speaker said that the scourge of terrorism has disrupted the civic life and economic activity in the country. He said that the cowardly attack on schools, worship places and innocent civilians has constrained the government to take action stern action against the perpetrators. He was confident that the military initiative and stern law would deter reoccurrence of such instances in future.

The Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Norway and desires to further strengthen them through reinvigorating parliamentary linkages between both the countries. He said that parliamentarians from either side would have an apt opportunity to share experiences and best practices.

He appreciated the Norwegian support extended to Pakistan on various international forums. He said that the present government since its institution has focused on strengthening of economy, job creation and addressing energy shortages. He invited Norwegian investors to take advantage of investment friendly policies in Pakistan.

The foreign minister also condemned the incident of Army Public School Peshawar and expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in result of this incident.

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