LAHORE - Supporting ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorism and extremism, Writers Peace Conference has lauded armed forces for rendering sacrifices for achieving the goal of bringing peace in the country.

Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat Pakistan (TIUP) and Fikr Writers Forum arranged the conference at a local hotel on Tuesday attended by dozens of writers, poets, columnists and TV anchors. President TIUP Zia-ul-Haq Naqashbandi moderated the proceedings. In a joint communiqué issued after the conference, the participants demanded expanding scope of Zarb-e-Azb to the entire country for capturing facilitators and abettors of terrorists. They demanded rulers of Muslim and non-Muslim countries to resolve issues through dialogue and not wars. They urged the UN to play its due role in resolving bilateral disputes of member countries. Condemning killing of innocent people in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Palestine, Myanmar and other countries, they urged peace loving and human rights organizations to come forward and raise voice.

They also supported operation in Karachi and urged the political parties to kick out extortionists and land grabbers from their ranks. They also stressed the need for resumption of dialogue between Afghan government and Taliban. They urged global powers to devise a strategy for saving people from barbarianism of terrorist organizations like Daesh (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda.

They urged the government to take practical steps for ensuring safety of minorities, bringing syllabus of religious seminaries in state discipline. They demanded action against religious seminaries involved in promoting terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence.

They demanded devising mechanism for monitoring sermons during Friday prayers and exemplary punishment to khateebs delivering hate speeches.