ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said war against terrorism and militancy was not simple but progress was being made with thorough security policies to ensure peace in the country.
"Pakistan has been facing menace of terrorism for the last many years. We cannot claim complete victory yet, there is still time required but those challenging writ of the government will be eliminated," he said briefing media persons after a meeting on National Action Plan (NAP).
The first session of the meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while the second session was chaired by Nisar.
The meeting discussed matters pertaining to religious seminaries, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), progress made on National Action Plan (NAP) and some others issues.
Nisar said the meeting also reviewed law and order situation with particular focus on Karachi that was approved at the highest level to root out terrorism and bring peace in all parts of the country.
The meeting reviewed the performance of Apex Committees set up to monitor implementation of National Action Plan and added that it has been decided to speed up and intensify NAP to improve overall security situation in the country.
He said several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Pakistan were operating without authorization and it is the responsibility of federal government to monitor international NGOs.
The responsibility of monitoring local NGOs lies with provincial governments, he added.
The interior minister said purpose of this exercise is to create a database of all NGOs with the help of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
Regarding issuance of arms licenses in the country, Nisar said people have taken complete advantage in name of `licensed arms' and all such licenses will be thoroughly reviewed as well as computerized.
Two provinces have also asked NADRA to help them in computerization of arm licenses, he added.
The interior minister said people in the country are operating ‘security companies’ as a facade for running big businesses. But, he said, neither these companies provide training and terms of service for their employees nor they offer health insurance to their guards.
Nisar further said seminaries across Pakistan will be registered in consultation with their leadership. They will be meeting with federal government in coming week, he added.
The minister said the registration forms for seminaries will be kept simple and easy and the standard curriculum across the country will be implemented in curriculum of the seminaries.
He informed media that so far as part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, around 11,000 intelligence-based operations have been conducted. This number was around 5,000 during recent nine months, he added.
Regarding the recent attacks on media personnel, Nisar said terrorists do not have any enmity with the media, their purpose is rather to create chaos and frustration.
Regarding the issue of `Cyber Crime' in the country, he said a bill has been cleared by concerned Standing Committee and soon it would be tabled in the parliament.
Answering a question, he said key terrorist leaders were willing to lay down their arms and the day is not far off when the terrorists and extremists are crushed.
He lauded armed forces and Frontier Corps (FC) for their sacrifices and effectively carrying out operations against the terrorists.
Replying to another question, he said there is a visible improvement in law and order but warned that those playing with lives of people have not been completely eliminated.
With regard to issue of hate speeches, the minister said the meeting decided that video cameras would be installed in mosques so the action with all evidence could be taken against them.
On the matter of Afghan refugees, he said it was decided that out of the total 1.5 million refugees, the registered and un-registered Afghans would be ascertained.
Regarding National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), he said the government has committed funding for the Authority and soon its chairman would be announced. –APP
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Story first published: 10th September 2015