ATTOCK - Shia Ulema Council leader Allama Sajid Naqvi said that holding executions in abeyance would definitely promote terrorism so the time was ripe to reinstate capital punishment and bringing those awarded the punishment to gallows.

“The 60 terrorists who have been awarded death penalty should be executed,” he demanded addressing a press conference at Kamalpur Syedan here on Saturday.

He said that the government should form a policy to curb terrorism. “We will fully support it as we want peace and prosperity at any cost. In fact, the present rulers are not empowered therefore there is no peace in the country. Peace is paramount for economic development. The PPP government held in abeyance the capital punishment and now the PML-N is towing the same policy which is beyond comprehension,” he said.

He urged the government to make efforts to ensure peace in the country otherwise “we will announce ‘national protection policy’ which is allowed in Constitution”. He said that it was the duty of the government to provide security for every citizen. He also condemned the airing of blasphemous content by Geo TV and demanded action as per the rules. He demanded that the government should take concrete steps for eradication of poverty, unemployment and price hike.

He said the government could not deliver during its one-year tenure. He urged it to take action against those involved in spreading sectarian hatred. Talking about the recent visit of the prime minister to India, Naqvi said, “We are in favour of better relations with neighbouring countries but on equality basis and especially, the issue of Kashmir must not be ignored,” he added.