ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar militants’ statements and threats should not be run as breaking news, whether it is on the internet or in the media.
Chaudhry Nisar also said that an estimated 10,000 army personnel will be deployed in all four provinces, but also stated that the army is “over exposed on borders, and more specifically in the war against terror”.
“Police are not trained or equipped for counter-terrorism, and training the police will be time consuming. The army will support the police in the provincial governments,” the interior minister said while addressing the National Action Plan Committee (NAPC) meeting.
Further, in regard to the deployment of the army personnel in provinces, the interior minister stressed the need for the requisitioning of Article 245.
“Letters have been written to three provinces in regard to this, and if there is no requisitioning under Article 245, the armed forces will withdraw,” he said.
“The army is currently doing the work of the Rapid Response Force,” he stated.
Earleir, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the nation will not forgive us if we don’t take concrete steps to end the scourge of terrorism in Pakistan.
The country witnessed one of the worst terrorist attacks on December 16 when Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan gunmen stormed Army Public School and massacred 150 people, mostly school children in a revenge attack for ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.
The civil-military leadership, in shock after the butchery, vowed to take strict action against the militants. Leaders met today in Islamabad to discuss the progress made so far in chalking out the national action plan against terrorism.
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