ISLAMABAD: The federal government is all set to finalise its ‘line of action’ against the growing challenge of terrorism as it presents the draft of new ‘internal security policy’ at a special meeting of the cabinet today.
“Decision on military operation against Taliban or dialogue with them, or both at the same time, will be taken with consensus and in the best national interest,” Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan told reporters at the Punjab House. The minister said his government was not sitting idle on the issue of terrorism. “We are taking the peace process forward under a strategy,” Nisar said, as he ‘advised’ the political parties to stop ‘point-scoring’ and get united at this critical juncture and help government bring peace in the country.
“The government has to make strenuous efforts for months to take the dialogue process in a desired direction. There should be no point-scoring on sensitive security matters.” Disclosing some of the salient features of the new security policy, the minister said Joint Intelligence Directorate will be set up for coordination and intelligence-sharing among 26 intelligence agencies of the country. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) will act as the focal point, the minister said and added a Rapid Response Force supported by an air wing will be set up at the federal level which will respond to acts of terrorism within minutes. This force will also be replicated in the provinces.
The minister said new apparatus will work round-the-clock to translate thousands of excerpts of chatter, generated every day, into actionable intelligence. Mapping will be conducted in cities to create identity databases of people, he added. On Bannu attack, the minister said Pakistan Army will investigate the tragic incident. He said report has been sought from Frontier Corps IG as to why ‘appropriate measures’ were not taken while hiring private transport for movement of security personnel.
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