Ch Nisar

Nisar links peace to anti-terror consensus

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the Senate on Wednesday that peace will prevail if unity against terrorism sustains adding that he accepts the responsibility for the National Action Plan (NAP).

He, however, went on to explain that eight federal ministries, including the Ministry of Defence, GHQ and the provinces, were also responsible for making the NAP a success, urging the critics not to politicise it.

The minister claimed that there had been massive improvement in the security situation across Pakistan as compared to 2013 and previous years. He emphasised that national security was not like switching on or switching off a button. “The challenge is to combat terrorism root and branch, which has grown during the last 15-20 years,” he said. He called for seeing the half glass full instead of half glass empty.

He said the Joint Investigation Directorate (JID) would be operational within two and a half months. He said 6,500 intelligence-based operations were conducted, 100 million unverified Sims blocked while 182 suspected seminaries shut down.

Those studying in seminaries, he noted, were Taliban while those carrying guns and indulging in acts of terrorism were terrorists. However, he added there was an effort for making a headway on this count. About some media reports that over 500 people belonging to banned outfits had got elected in the local bodies polls, he said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had reported no such candidate.

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