KARACHI - Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh chief Senator Shahi Syed has said the scourge of terrorism and extremism posed a grave threat to the country’s sovereignty.

“Our influential political forces are reluctant to take bold stance against terrorists and extremists,” the ANP leader asserted while adding that “those having a soft corner for them are enemies of the humanity”.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, Syed, however, underlined the need for adopting stern measures for the elimination of sectarian violence and terrorism from the country. He called on progressive forces of the country to adopt a unanimous stance against terrorism. “We want peace and we have been struggling for peace in the country,” added the ANP leader as he condemned the recent incidents of terrorism and extremism.

Syed vowed that his party would continue its efforts against terrorism and extremism. “Islam teaches peace and tranquillity and refrains from doing harm to anyone,” he said, and exhorted religious scholars to play their role in maintaining harmony in the country.