Need to win war against ter­ror psy­cho­log­i­cally: Nisar

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Equipped with sta­tis­tics on the past year's ter­ror in­ci­dents across the coun­try, Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan hit out at crit­ics of the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP) on Thurs­day say­ing those crit­i­cis­ing the pol­icy "had never read NAP".

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal, Nisar boasted the gains made through NAP and claimed ter­ror in­ci­dents and ca­su­al­ties are the low­est in nine years. In an ap­par­ent re­mark to grow­ing crit­i­cism of NAP in the wake of the re­cent Charsadda Univer­sity at­tack, he said Pak­istan is mil­i­tar­ily win­ning the war on mil­i­tancy but "we are los­ing the psy­cho­log­i­cal war against ter­ror", he said. "When­ever there is an at­tack, a storm be­gins. We be­have ex­actly how our en­e­mies want by cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere of fear. Peo­ple crit­i­cise the govern­ment say­ing no progress has been made." Nisar took is­sue with the clos­ing of schools in Pun­jab. "Se­cu­rity can be im­proved while schools are still on." "We should give a mes­sage of strength and unity and fight against the at­mos­phere of fear and ter­ror."

"The ter­ror­ists are des­per­ate so they are at­tack­ing the soft­est tar­gets. There are hun­dreds of thou­sands of schools in Pak­istan. Se­cur­ing each is a dif­fi­cult job, but it must be done." The min­is­ter said he told the Cap­i­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and De­vel­op­ment Divi­sion (CADD) min­is­ter Tariq Fazal Chaudhry that schools should not be closed "I will re­quest Pun­jab and other provinces to not shut down schools," he said. "I am sad­dened by the clo­sure of schools."

"If we close all our ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, hospi­tals, streets, neigh­bour­hoods and hide our­selves in our houses; this is what the ter­ror­ists want." The min­is­ter rub­bished crit­cism that NAP is con­trolled by the mil­i­tary say­ing, "Op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb started be­fore NAP. It is not a part of NAP." "One or two things [in the NAP] are in­formed by the Min­istry of De­fence and the army. Ev­ery­thing else is from the civil­ian govern­ment." Nisar said he would brief the me­dia man­age­ments next week on the gains of NAP.

"Net­works of ter­ror­ism have been bro­ken. The ter­ror­ists are on the run so they hit the soft­est tar­gets. In­stead of 7-8 at­tacks ev­ery day, they hit one tar­get. They cre­ate so much ter­ror that ev­ery­one roams fear­fully," he said. "The govern­ment pol­icy is very clear - there are no good or bad mil­i­tants." He also hit out at the PPP and re­fer­ring to ex-pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari's no­to­ri­ous 'eenth-se-eenth' out­burst against the mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment, Nisar said, "A few political el­e­ments have prob­lems else­where but they vent out their frus­tra­tion on NAP." Fol­low­ing the re­cent at­tack on the Bacha Khan Univer­sity in Charsadda which had claimed 21 lives, Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the na­tional As­sem­bly Syed Khur­sheed Shah had pointed the fin­ger at NAP meant to curb ter­ror­ism and held the in­te­rior min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack.

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