Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said that people should identify and isolate the extremist mindset to purge the society of the menace of extremism and terrorism.
The four-kilometre trail, developed by the Capital Development Authority in collaboration with private partners, in the north of Faisal Mosque with unique facilities like exclusive track for mountain bikes, smooth surface to facilitate movement of kids and women and bird watching point.
The minister said the government has dismantled the networks of the terrorists and destroyed their havens, so they had now been attacking while hiding at different areas. Kaira strongly condemned the killing of police and other security personnel, media men as well as the civilians in Quetta blasts and said the victim families will be compensated as per the set policy.
He said a fresh wave of terrorism had started as the elections were nearing and such elements were poised to delay the polls.
He lauded the MQM’s decision to stay away form the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri; however, he said the long marchers were supposed to protest peacefully as it was their fundamental right.
“But if there would be any disruption, the federal government is bound to ensure protection of people’s lives and properties.”
To a question regarding the shortage of petrol in Islamabad, he said the commodity fell short as the people resorted to panic buying following a news item.
He said it was a temporary shortage in the federal capital caused by some misunderstanding adding that no such complaints had been received from the other cities.
Kaira lauded the role of CDA authorities for promotion of the recreational facilities in Islamabad as they had also been striving to undo the shortcomings in development work of the city.
He said it was pleasing that a mountain bike track had also been provided along with the newly developed trail.
The minister said the development of such facility without spending the CDA’s money and appreciated the private companies for extending assistance in this regard.
In a lighter vein, the information minister also suggested Tahirul Qadri to bring his supporters to that trail for healthy walk instead of holding long march.