Nisar confirms informing India about entry of ‘terrorists’
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.