Terror networks dismantled under NAP: Ch Nisar

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 24: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the National Action Plan is Pakistan’s security policy and it should not be used for political point scoring. Speaking at a press conference after a cabinet’s meeting, Interior Minister Nisar criticized TV analysis and talks shows on civil-military ties. The relations between government and the military have been exemplary for the last two years, he said. Giving details of the operations under the NAP, the minister said that 68,000 arrests were made in 62,000 different actions during last nine months. “Terrorism attacks went up after Swat and South Waziristan operations due to incompetence and lack of coordination by the previous government with army,” he said. He said that over one thousand one hundred terrorists have been killed in anti- militancy operation so far. He said that all terrorist networks have been dismantled and there was no terror group operating from the Pakistani soil anymore. Refusing to unveil number of military troops, he said Pakistan Army was present in all four provinces. The interior minister said that every province has a specialized counter-terrorism force comprising 1000 personnel each. This number would definitely go up with time. “We will not allow anyone to fan sectarianism in the country. We will come hard on such elements,” he said. Speaking on this occasion, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that Pakistan was more secure today as compared to 2013. The Interior Minister said that Karachi also witnessed seventy per cent improvement in law and order situation after the launch of Rangers and police operation. “We faced a lot of pressure and reservations from the Sindh government and MQM about the targeted operation in Karachi, but we stuck to our plans. Karachi is much more stable now,” he said. He announced that there would be a breakthrough on the issue of Balochistan soon. He, however, refused to divulge details. The interior minister commended Lt-Gen Nasir Janjua for what he called as improved law and order situation in Quetta and other parts of the province.

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