Nisar promises new security policy, restart of drone-disrupted dialogue with militants

Nisar says efforts are being made to restart dialogue with militants.

Web Desk January 16, 2014
Nisar says the government wants to find a durable solution of the menace of terrorism. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday promised that the national security policy draft will be finalised soon and that the government has initiated fresh efforts for dialogue with militants to find a durable solution of the menace of terrorism, according to Radio Pakistan.

Addressing 170 senior civil and military officers‚ including 14 from other countries‚ participating in the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad.

Nisar said the government is in the process of finalising the National Security Policy to effectively counter militancy and extremism.

The minister explained that the enemy is vague and divided while he claimed that the national security policy was proactive in nature which would address problems currently faced by the country.

Dilating on the policy, Nisar said that it will have have three components — secrecy, strategic, and operational.

Further, he said that NACTA will become the focal point for counter-terrorism efforts and a Joint Intelligence Directorate will be established under this agency for intelligence analysis and coordination among various intelligence agencies.

Dialogue with militants

On the contentious subject of talks with militants, Nisar said that though the dialogue process with the militants had been disrupted with the drone strike that killed then Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the government had made efforts to restart this process.

Nisar said that the government wants a durable solution to terrorism and that use of force will be a last resort.

Stopping drone stikes

The interior minister said that it has been categorically communicated to the US that drone strikes are counter-productive and must immediately be stopped and that this continues to be an irritant in the Pakistan-US relationship.

Earlier on Thursday, Nisar also briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the counter terrorism strategy and the Karachi situation.


Sexton Blake | 7 years ago | Reply

Lewis Carol, a wise man, once said, "Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end: then stop". I will not go into all the machinations which created the current problems except to point out that various militant groups are not happy with the current situation. I think that IK, another wise man, did begin at the beginning, and we should be grateful that such men stick their necks out to try and solve problems, which people at the highest level in Pakistan and other countries are not seriously attempting. Let us hope that Nisar Ali Khan is another wise man.

Raza | 7 years ago | Reply Confusion is clearly evident, daily he come up with almost similar statements. Clearly everyone in State (political & military) are waiting for December 2014 (US troops evacuation date). They are dreaming that after US evacuation from Afghanistan these all militants will walked over on other side of Durand Line, and problem will be resolved automatically, which seems not going to happened, every layman can sense that. Innocent Pakistanis are paying price for their impotence and incompetence. ظلم کے خلاف جتنی دیر سے اٹھوگے اتنی ہی زیادہ قربانی دینا پڑے گی. "امام حسین علیہ السلام" So they are pushing nation towards the side where everyone has to bear more lose. God Bless this Country. Otherwise these cowards (politicians) have not turned a stone to destroy it.
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