ISLAMABAD – Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan asked the media to cooperate with the government in eradicating terrorism from the country.
According to PakistanTribe correspondent, the interior minister was addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday, called on the media owners to consult on important national issues especially on eliminating the scourge of terrorism, saying the news channel should not glorify and broadcast the terrorists and their proscribed organizations.
Chaudhry Nisar recalled the statistics about suicide attacks in Pakistan, saying six to seven blasts and explosions occur on daily basis in Jun 2013.
For eradicating terrorism, the media should critically evaluate the past situations, he said: “The number of explosions and suicide attacks has decreased considerably now but it has not controlled completely.”
National Action Plan (NAP), a 20 point agenda for tackling terrorism and militancy in Pakistan was formulated by the civilian and military leadership only after the terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS), Peshawar, the minister said.
He noted that it would be extremely bad to provide space to the terrorists and their organizations to be flourished.
“What we appealed the media two years back was the cooperation of the media and now once again I ask their help to sensitive and aware the public about the scourge of terrorism,” Nisar added.
The minister pointed out that with the spirit of national solidarity and strong determination, the people of Pakistan can be strengthened and united on a single front.
On a question regarding the proscribed organization across the country, Chaudhry Nisad replied, “We are going to blacklist the terrorists and their organizations entirely.”
He further advised the media not to bring the clouds of disappointment, fear and concerns near to the mainstream rather than sensitizing the public and inculcate them with the spirit of nationalism.
The interior minister added that meetings will be held in the next week on how to tackle terrorism in order to deal with the ongoing challenges.