Pak's terror graph lowest since 2006: Interior Minister

He said sporadic and desperate acts of terrorism should not be portrayed as failure of National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism.

Islamabad: Terrorism graph was the lowest in Pakistan since 2006, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday.

He said sporadic and desperate acts of terrorism should not be portrayed as failure of National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism.

Addressing a ceremony at National Defense University (NDU), he said the National Action Plan was chalked out with the consensus of all political parties and it has helped improve security situation in the country.

The Minister said those spreading despondency and pessimism after every incident of terrorism are playing into the hands of enemies.

He said some political parties and individuals are hell bent on scoring political points at the cost of national interest.

Mr Khan stressed the need to reiterate a firm resolve to defeat terrorists at all costs instead of creating impression of weakness.

The minister said the elements spreading pessimism and cynicism should remember that the graph of terrorism in the country was the lowest today since 2006.

“The previous governments did not formulate any internal security policy despite terrorism incidents in the country,” he added.

These remarks by the Interior Minister came few days after several people started questioning the effectiveness of the NAP against terrorism after Taliban gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda and killed more than 20 people.

NAP was formulated in the wake of attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS) in December last year to deal with the menace of terrorism.

More than 150 people - most of them children - were killed in the tragic incident on December 16, 2014.

Afterwards, Pakistan army intensified action against militant groups in the tribal areas of Pakistan, successfully clearing most of the North Waziristan. More than three thousand terrorists have been killed in ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Earlier, Information Minister Pervez Rashid reaffirmed the government‘s commitment to continue fight against terrorism until its complete elimination from the country.

He said the government was taking effective steps to eliminate terrorism and extremism.

Mr Rashid said on the Prime Minister‘s directives, federal ministers including Abdul Qadir Baloch, Baleeghur Rehman, Sardar Mohammed Yousaf and he himself, visited the Bacha Khan University soon after the attack to express solidarity with the families of the victims.

He said the operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched to purge the country of anti-state elements, which will continue until the target was accomplished.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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