Nisar con­firms in­form­ing In­dia about en­try of ‘ter­ror­ists’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tues­day con­firmed the news cir­cu­lat­ing on In­dian me­dia that Pak­istan alerted In­dia about en­try of a num­ber of sus­pects en­ter­ing the In­dian ter­ri­tory from Pak­istan.

Briefing The Se­nate about Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP), the in­te­rior min­is­ter main­tained that ac­tiv­i­ties by non-state ac­tors have de­famed Pak­istan in the past and to avoid such in­stances in fu­ture, Pak­istan shared the in­tel­li­gence with In­dia "about the en­try of at least 10 men within the In­dian ter­ri­tory from Pak­istan". In­dian me­dia re­ports on Sun­day sug­gested that In­dian state of Gu­jrat has been put on high alert fol­low­ing the in­tel­li­gence re­ports claim­ing mil­i­tants sneaked into the state from across the bor­der. Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported that Pak­istan has shared in­tel­li­gence in­puts re­gard­ing their en­try with In­dian of­fi­cials. Nisar re­peated his claim that there is ab­so­lutely no pres­ence of the Is­lamic State (IS) group in Pak­istan, adding that some dis­grun­tled Tal­iban lead­ers are us­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion's name to sow fear among the masses.

The min­is­ter said that as a part of NAP, about 200,000 Na­tional Iden­tity Cards (NIC) is­sued to for­eign­ers, have been blocked and at least 200 Nadra em­ploy­ees have been ar­rested for is­su­ing such NICs.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion, he said that the Rangers were de­ployed in Karachi on Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment's (MQM) de­mand and that Pun­jab does not need the para­mil­i­tary force's pres­ence as se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion is quite un­der con­trol in the prov­ince. It must be re­mem­bered that af­ter the Pathankot air­base at­tack, Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties had reg­is­tered a FIR against the al­leged at­tack­ers in a po­lice sta­tion in Pun­jab. The air base at­tack oc­curred just days af­ter In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi paid a 'sur­prise' visit to Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on his birth­day and the oc­ca­sion of his grand- daugh­ter's wed­ding ? a move that ap­peared to prom­ise bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in the com­ing year.

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