ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said that national mood would be translated into action for defeating terrorism.
Addressing a press conference, he said the major source of intelligence were people and called upon the nation to remain alert and vigilant and keep close eye on their surroundings, suspicious people and activities.
He requested hotel and house owners to remain vigilant and keep complete record of guests and tenants, otherwise they would be held responsible for any mishap.
He said that Joint Action Group against terrorism was working round the clock and it would finalize its recommendations by Tuesday.
The interior minister said that all political parties had shun their differences and the the committee would bring its recommendations before the nation within the seven days deadline.
He said that Pakistan Army was a responsible force and representing government of Pakistan and had never targetted children, women and non-combatant citizens, adding that even the family of Osama Bin Ladin was handed over to the country of origin in a dignified way.
The Minister said before starting military operation, Prime Minister and Army Chief chaired a meeting in which it was decided to avoid and minimize collateral damages.
He said it was easy to wipe out entire Miramshah, if no difference was made between citizens and terrorists. “But we gave a few days for evacuation of families and children as it is principle of war of the Islamic country. Pakistan Army never target non-combatant citizens,” he said.
Nisar said the nation should realize that they were in the state of war. “It is not war on borders, our enemy is inside the country and they have sympathizers too.”
He said Pakistan Army and security forces had been fighting this war for many years and now time had come when the entire nation should join it.
He said many heinous crimes were committed in the past but Pesahwar incident had united the nation to face the big challenge of wiping out terrorism from the country.
“We will announce a phone number in a day or two for people to report suspicious activities. There should be an agenda in which every Pakistani has to play his part in providing information to intelligence agencies.”
He said inspector generals of police (IGPs) of all provinces and federal government had been directed to alert SHOs to monitor the suspicious acitivities in their jurisdiction.
“We have also given direction to provinces and I personally talked to chief ministers to carry out operations in sensitive areas on daily basis,” he said.
On provincial level, committees had been formed comprising the chief minister, corps commander, IGPs and security officers for operations.
Lauding the Ulema role, he said, “I am thankful that all leading Ulema have openly condemned and opposed terrorism.”
He said that all seminaries could not be blamed for fanning terrorism.
” About 90 percent seminaries are not involved in terrorism and all studying at the seminaries are not terrorists, rather they are supporting us in this war. We have to isolate those who are involved in the terrorist activities”.
He also called on media organizations for complete blackout of terrorist outfits. “Media should not telecast or publish interviews of those who are slaughtering our children and killing our innocent people.”
He said there was also consensus on this issue at National Action Committee. “We will bring legislation to draw a red line what to not publish or telecast. All political parties have consensus on one point agenda that media would not be allowed to glorify terrorists.”
Interior Minister said it would be injustice with the sacrifices being made by the armed forces if media did not blackout terrorist organizations. He said media should have its code of conduct.
He said meeting of Ulema would be also convened soon to evolve further consensus and unity.
Besides, meeting would also be held with mobile companies to block all unregistered SIMs.
He said that five SIMs used by facilitators in Peshawar incident were issued through biometrics system to a female in Southern Punjab. “We want to protect foreign investors but nothing is more important than our security and safety of citizens”.
“If we want to avenge Peshawar incident then we must not forget the killing, we must show unity and resilience to win the war against the menace of terrorism.”
Replying to a question, Chaudhry Nisar said 4,000 operations were carried out on basis of intelligence reports in which thousands of people were arrested.
He said positive talks were held with new Afghan leadership on bilateral cooperation on combating terrorism. “We have common interest and got positive response from Afghanistan.”
Interior Minister said that few suspects and facilitators had been arrested after Peshawar incident and investigation was going in right direction. He said all identified attackers in Peshawar attack were Pakistanis.
To another question, he said the security had been withdrawn from Maulana Aziz and he was not a government cleric, adding that nobody would be allowed to challenge writ of the state.
He said no compromise would be made on security issue and Afghan nationals would be sent back to their camps.