Talking to media persons during his visit to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here, he said that before October 12, 1999 Pakistan was a peaceful country, but due to policies of a dictator Pakistani nation became victim of terrorist acts.
He said that the government was taking steps to address the root causes of extremism. He said the government is holding talks with Taliban, and those elements who do not want to see Pakistan as a peaceful nation have now been isolated.
The minister said that due to the efforts of the present government, the terrorism related incidents had fallen, and those who used to take responsibility for such acts in the past are openly disowning and condemning today’s blast in Islamabad.
During the past one year, he said, the economy had stabilized and Pakistani currency was appreciating against the US dollar. And just like gains made on economic front, Pakistan would become a peaceful and stable country free of terrorists activities, he added.
He said that he along with MNAs Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Malik Abrar visited the hospital to express condolences with the families of the deceased and inquired after the health of the injured. He said that Vice Chancellor of the PIMS briefed about the steps taken after the tragic incident.
He said that law enforcement agencies were investigating into the incident and the culprits would be brought to book.
The minister said that the Prime Minister, who was airborne when the incident occurred, had issued directives for handling the situation.
Pervaiz Rashid appreciated the people of Rawalpindi-Islamabad for donating blood for the victims of the blast.
To a question he said that at this stage it was not possible to point finger towards the elements involved in the incident.