ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said the government will enter the war against militants wholeheartedly only if the consensus is reached in the APC, announced to take place sometime later this month, DawnNews reported.

Speaking during a press conference in Islamabad, he outlined some key features of the government’s security policy to counter terrorism in the country, announcing to formulate a joint intelligence secretariat.

The minister said that preliminary draft of the national security policy will be presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif within two weeks envisages activation of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and creation of Counter Terrorism Rapid Deployment Force.

He said that NACTA would serve as focal point for internal security policy.

Commenting on All Parties Conference (APC) against terrorism, the interior minister said the conference of heads of all parties represented in the parliament will be convened later this month.

He said the government wants all stakeholders including the public, media and civil and military leadership on the same page before tackling the thorny issue of terrorism faced by the country.

Nisar said implementation on the outcome of the APC will be made certain. “The government is ready for peace talks, however, if the decision is taken to wage a war against the militants, then the government will enter it wholeheartedly,” he said adding that the masses will then have to be prepared for the war also.

Responding to criticism hurled at the newly elected government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regarding delays in announcing the new security policy, the minister said policy making of this magnitude cannot be done overnight.

He said formation of the new security policy will take place in two phases. “One phase will cover internal matters while the second one will look after the external strategies,” he added.

Regarding the intelligence secretariat, Nisar said it will remain active 24 hours and seven days a week. It will work round the clock analyse and sift intelligence reports and action would be taken within hours on the actionable intelligence, he said.

“Officials from all national spy agencies including Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Military Intelligence (MI) will be inducted in the joint intelligence secretariat,” he added.

The minister said that aborted act of terrorism at Bharakahu in Islamabad shows that terrorists are equipped with modern arms and gadgets and police too will have to be modernised to foil their designs.

Referring to India's provocative activities on the Line of Control, the minister said Pakistan wants peace but it is also ready for any eventuality.

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Omer Irfan Kayani
August 13, 2013 9:59 pm

PML N has its history of making deals with Devil,now it wants us to show the farce that it is Ghost Rider.Impossible to believe that they want consensus,rather they will impose one with the mandate they have.Further more will they siphon off funds to make a new secretariat or utilize and upgrade existing buildings to save funds is the million dollar question.

Ahmer
August 13, 2013 10:01 pm

'No hoga sau man tel, na radha nachegi'

PML(N) which owes at least some debt to TTP for helping it come to power in the recent elections, is not sincere in its fight against terrorism and is fishing for excuses to avoid any action against TTP.

zakkie
August 13, 2013 10:11 pm

He should mean what he says. Nothing is more important than saving own people, and no one is more pernicious than one who kills your people. So, save people first and then move to other matters concerning these people.

Jawwad
August 13, 2013 10:26 pm

Only if the consensus is reached in the APC? Then why the heck people voted in first place to put your party in place? In a democratic system it is called "Mandate". You have it. Now go use it. There is no need to convene a useless APC. What if the terrorists and their supporters are against the military action? lol. Then what? You will let terrorist continue to play with the lives of people?

Atif
August 13, 2013 10:35 pm

APC is not a forum for creating consensus. With 40/50 different mouthpieces, each having his/her own agenda, you can't realistically expect to create consensus. This is only a forum for announcing your intent. It's the spadework that you do before this APC to create consensus is what matters.

In this regard, there should have been a meeting between PTI, PM and COAS, since PTI is the major opponent of military solution to terrorism. If a consensus emerges there, that will be much more significant than the hotch-potch of an unprepared APC.

Manish Gupte, PhD
August 13, 2013 10:35 pm

Root cause analysis. Economics is the reason many times. If a person, who can go to war against the Govt and take risks at the highest level, has a honest way to earn his living, what will he choose?

Amjad Wyne
August 13, 2013 10:39 pm

This is the worst news. There will never be a consensus so what he is saying is that the government will never go after the terrorists. Wake up nation.

Zia Ul
August 13, 2013 11:00 pm

Well said but dont be to late we as a nation with all whom those want peace but those who want war we are ready when and where they want

NASAH (USA)
August 13, 2013 11:32 pm

"Kaun jeeta hai teri zulf kay sur honay tuk"

imran
August 14, 2013 1:12 am

In Pakistan, when governments neither have will nor intent to do any thing, they call APC.

Zak
August 14, 2013 1:21 am

Under ch Nisar the fight against terrorism will be won but everyone will have to support him, especially likes of maulana diesel, if not ignore the bugger and move on. Nisar is very competent.

faridasawani@hotmail.com
August 14, 2013 1:32 am

Keep on developing the policy and conducting all parties conference for next five years and let the population suffer at the hand of TTP. I have not seen such an apathy on the part of Government. The criminal keep on banging us and we are ready to negotiate with them.

Azim
August 14, 2013 4:29 am

Dont you think PML-N that you have clear/enough mandate to conlude and move decisively? Or is it that you fear party consesus a bigger issue given the electable with direct and indirect link with the different terror outets?

We are sure that this consensus will never come - once again lust for power wins over national interest! Sad / dejected Pakistan

Mir
August 14, 2013 5:07 am

Solution is to negotiate !

Waheed Ahmed
August 14, 2013 6:33 am

The thinking that the rebellion and dissension spread by Mullahs convinced of the bloody ideology of jihad could be eradicated by use of force is not correct. It is true that many a times, the punishment of the tyrants, rebellious and criminals for their crimes is necessary according to the verses:

And the recompense of an injury is an injury the like thereof. (42:41) So whoso transgresses against you, punish him for his transgression to the extent to which he has transgressed against you. (2:195)

But the policy of compulsion for compulsion, and oppression for oppression does not always produce real peace in the society. Especially the reformation of the acts that are based on false and bogus ideologies and beliefs is not possible without the reformation of the underlying false ideologies and beliefs. Force could only subdue the dissension for a short time, but it can never produce long lasting peace. Short time victories could be achieved by the use of sword, but hearts cannot be conquered by it. Force could bow the heads, but cannot rule the hearts. It is for the same reason that the Holy Qur’an advising not to use compulsion for the propagation and reformation of ideology and beliefs has given the grand teachings of:

There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong. (2:257)

At another place, it is said:

So that he who had already perished through a clear Sign might perish, and he who had already come to life through a clear Sign might live. (8:43)

So only that person is alive, for whom there is a Sign, and who does not have Sign for him is destined to be perished.

So, if the false and bogus ideologies and beliefs are uprooted by the help of brilliant and convincing arguments, and in their place, ideologies, and beliefs based on reality and truthfulness are rooted in their hearts, this should result in a magnificent reformation of the society with a long lasting effect. Therefore, under the Qur’anic instruction:

And argue with them in a way that is best. (16:126)

Aamir
August 14, 2013 6:59 am

SO he still thinks the nation is not at war still? I wonder where his brain comes from.

Ahmad Riza Siddiqi
August 14, 2013 7:57 am

The Counter Terrorism policy is the need of the hour. War has to be fought like war and taken to its logical conclusion. It should be widely publicised and the role of judiciary defined. The courts should not start proceedings against Intelligence Agencies as in a war, the court does not ask why an Indian soldier was injured, captured, killed or kept in solitary confinement. A proper war should be declared with imposition of emergency. There should be no going back on this policy as the enemy has already announced its intentions of going against the Federal and Punjab Governments if terrorists are hanged.

whitesky
August 14, 2013 9:12 am

sir, in APC if any one party raises her reservation against fighting TTP/ extremists citing the reason that the government should first exhaust the peace talk offer while all others are in favour of crushing them what should be the PML-N 's preferred course of action. To wait for some more time to persuade the reluctant one/ two parties or go with the majority decision? In democracy when consensus is not reached Majority prevails. Military and common people 's stand is known to all.

whitesky
August 14, 2013 2:08 pm

What if there is no absolute consensus on strategies to deal with the terrorists?

Md. Wazir
August 14, 2013 10:10 pm

“Officials from all national spy agencies including Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Military Intelligence (MI) will be inducted in the joint intelligence secretariat,” he added.

Good luck with that. The joint intelligence secretariat is comprised of the very organizations that support the terrorists... good taliban bad taliban, strategic depth, proxy war, non-state actors... and on and on...

Mustafa
August 16, 2013 7:43 pm

Pakistani rulers and politicians are so naive to fail to realize that Pakistan is in state of war with militants and terrorists who have a single goal that is take over Islamabad, appoint an Emir of their choice and enforce their invented version of Islam and Shariah Laws where they can kill innocent men, women and children in mosques, funerals, cemetery, market places, schools, hospitals you name it. When a country is in state of war there is need for prompt action not dragging feet on negotiations and consultations with all political parties. Take action in consultation with military to save Pakistan from its enemies.

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