ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Pervaiz Rashid Saturday said whosoever committed crime would be treated as a criminal and punished.

Talking to the media after the prize distribution ceremony of a charity cricket match played between Media Eleven and Australian High Commission Eleven here at Shalimar Cricket Ground, he said the  government was determined to eliminate terrorists and criminal  elements from the society without discrimination. He said a terrorist was a terrorist irrespective of his/her political affiliation. He had no religion.

He said a clear line had been drawn. Criminals were on one side of the line while law enforcement agencies, including army, political parties, media, and the people were on the other.

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was committed to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country. The government had the support of political parties in this regard. The law  enforcement agencies were carrying out indiscriminate operation against the terrorists. No criminal would be spared, he added. Pervaiz Rashid thanked the Australian High Commission for playing cricket, a noble game, for the noble cause.

Responding to a question, he said the national team played excellently in its last two matches in the Cricket World Cup. He expressed the hope that the team would perform well in future games.  He said the proceeds of the match between the Media Eleven and Australian High Commission Eleven would go to the victims of Army Public School Peshawar. He said the Peshawar tragedy would be remembered for long as the whole world was dejected over it. The organiser of the charity cricket match Nighat Saeed presented bouquets to the Senator and Australian High Commissioner Peter Howard.  Earlier, the Media Eleven defeated the Australian High Commission Eleven by six runs. Senator Pervaiz Rashid presented man of the match award to Mohsin Ali of Media Eleven, while Shoaib was declared the best batsman of the match. The Senator also presented trophy to Afzal Butt, captain of the winning Media Eleven, and a souvenir to the Australian High Commission Eleven.