ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced on Saturday that a one-year internal security policy will be submitted with an additional Rs28 billion proposal for bolstering law enforcement agencies to the federal cabinet on Monday.
Speaking to the media after the passing out parade ceremony of assistant superintendants of police of a specialised training programme on Sunday, Nisar said the policy with a year’s timeframe will be presented before the special cabinet committee meeting on Monday for approval.
To a question about talks with the Taliban, the minister said the government will welcome and support political leaders who express willingness to take a lead role in peace talks. He said the government will hold talks with Taliban, as mandated by the all parties conference (APC), and will also take parliament into confidence at some stage.
He also highlighted that the government is taking practical steps to enhance security and also strengthen law enforcement agencies.
He said that Pakistan is facing serious challenges and is in a ‘critical’ phase and that police officers will be expected to go beyond their call of duty as the country is in a state of war. “It is not an open and transparent war. It is war with an enemy which is playing hide and seek with the people and the law enforcement agencies,” he said.
Police officers must be part of efforts to restore sanity in the country, he said. He reminded the international community that after the World Trade Centre attack in New York in 2001, “most of the world is a safe place”. Despite the fact that the perpetrators were not of Pakistani descent, he said, the country bore the brunt of this war waged by foreign powers.
Nisar said the international community failed to understand the dire situation which Pakistan is in due to war in the region and that 26,000 people, including women, children and law enforcement personnel, have lost their lives.
Chaudhry Nisar urged police officers to support efforts to make Pakistan a place where there is peace and harmony.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2014.
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