LAHORE PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the ongoing terror incidents are the result of the foreign policy pursued by the federal government. He expressed these views while addressing a news conference at the party office here at Model Town on Saturday. PML-N leaders Pervaiz Rashid, Ahsan Iqbal and others were also present on this occasion. Nawaz said the PML-N was ready to host a national conference to formulate a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the menace of terrorism. He said in the proposed national moot all political parties including the ulema, media, civil society and other segments of the society should be invited for their suggestions to frame a broad-based strategy to counter terrorism, while the inputs of the Army and security agencies would also be sought. 'PML-N would also welcome a Centre-hosted national conference, as we sincerely believe in steering the country out of the existing crisis especially terrorism, he added. He stressed that formulating a comprehensive strategy by rising above the political divide was need of the hour, as ulema belonging to all sects strongly condemned killing of innocent people. Nawaz said: 'Islam teaches us that murder of one person is the murder of entire humanity. He said it was the duty of the provinces to maintain law and order but the ongoing terrorism was the result of the current foreign policy of the federal government. Govt instead of following the initiatives of Washington and London regarding the Taliban should take the initiative itself and start a dialogue with those Taliban who were ready for talks, Nawaz added. He said that it seemed as if the government had not changed the foreign policy of the previous government. Emphasising the need for homegrown foreign policy, he said, 'We should be masters of our own destiny. Nawaz said he had asked Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to raise a counter-terrorism force as early as possible to foil the nefarious designs of terrorist elements. PML-N Quaid said that he did not want to indulge himself in blame game but some Federal Ministers were in the habit of criticising the Punjab Government after any incident of terrorism for political point scoring, which was completely a wrong attitude and such people should understand that terrorism was the result of the foreign policy. He said that it was the duty of the provinces to maintain law and order but providing prior information about the terror activities was the responsibility of the intelligence agencies which came under the purview of the Interior Ministry and those agencies were not providing the provincial government with accurate information. Nawaz said suicide bombings occurred in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta but PML-N never indulged itself in political point scoring rather it assisted the families of the victims in those areas. He said that the terrorists choose the time and target of their choice and no place including markets, Mosques, Imam Bargahs, GHQ were safe, while no segment of society was safe from these terrorist elements. He further said that many revelations would be made public soon, as the culprits of attacks on Ahmedis were under interrogation and revealing shocking facts. 'Wave of terror is not only damaging the economy of the country but also bringing a bad name to the country in the international community, he added. He said: 'We should pledge to eliminate terrorism, as we cannot put the country on the road to progress without achieving peace. Responding to a query about the alleged contacts of PML-N leaders with the banned outfits, he said no suicide bombings have taken place in Lahore or elsewhere in Punjab if the PML-N leaders had enjoyed contacts with the stated banned outfits. To another question about the term of 'Punjabi Taliban, Nawaz said terrorists have no nationality and religion they could not be called Punjabi, Pathan, Sindhi or Balochi. About the suspected elements behind terror activities, he said that provincial and Federal government should work together to ascertain the facts about the shaddy hands behind the terror activities. Replying to yet another query about the possibility of drive in South Punjab, he said that they had no information about any terror threat from the southern parts of the province. Regarding the National Security Council, he said that it should be made more active to meet the challenges faced by the country at the moment. Responding to a question about the reported July-August deadlines regarding the federal government, he said he and PML-N were neither in the habit of giving deadlines to others and nor of receiving the same from others, as they respect the mandate of others and they should respect their mandate. About the future of Pakistan, he said, 'Pakistan can be put on the road to progress if we work together, eliminate terrorism and corruption, abandon confrontation with the judiciary and respect and implement its orders, stop distributing public funds in the legal community and use the public funds for the welfare of the public only.