Govt prepared for both peace and war: Ch. Nisar
14 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said on Tuesday the government was ready for both peace and war and would fight wholeheartedly if a war is imposed on Pakistan.
"Give peace a chance as it is the utmost priority of the government," the minister told the media while talking about National Security Policy.
Nisar reiterated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is committed to bringing peace in the country as well as in the region. He added that work is in progress over National Security Policy and draft of the policy should be presented to the prime minister within two weeks.
Setting up of Joint Intelligence Secretariat, formation of Counterterrorism Rapid Response Force and fresh legislation to pave the way for the quick implementation of the policy are major objectives of the proposed policy.
Nisar announced that the policy would consist of two phases, one belongs to internal problems and second phase of the policy belongs to foreign issues and strategic problems.
The minister said that Joint Intelligence Secretariat would be set up that work round the clock, adding that all the security agencies, including Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), should coordinate with each other on this platform.
"It will be equipped with the latest technology and made operational on modern lines. Services of highly qualified security experts will be attained. Joint Intelligence Secretariat is expected to be operational in the next eight months," he added.
The minister said that being focal institution at the federal level, this secretariat would be well connected with National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), adding that it has been decided to make NACTA operational within the next two months, until completion of work on Joint Intelligence Secretariat.
He also announced to form Counterterrorism Rapid Response Force in the capital along with its provincial headquarters to wipe out terrorism from the boundaries of the country.
Equipped with modern technology, helicopters and latest means of communication, the force would respond to intelligence reports within minutes, he said.
"It would have a quick aerial view of the threatened area or where an incident has taken place... At first its operations will be limited to federal level and then it will be extended to all the four provinces with the help of provincial security agencies and civil armed forces."
Nisar said that a fresh legislation would be required to supplement actions of National Security Policy and draft of such legislation would soon be presented in the National Assembly and Senate.
The minister added that army would train Balochistan Police and they would be equipped with modern weapons.
About All Parties Conference (APC), Nisar said that all the major political parties are ready to take part in the conference, adding that decision of APC would be implemented and political parties would decide about the options of peace and war. The conference would be held in the ongoing month of August, he added.
"This conference will try and develop national consensus on National Security Policy as well as consensus on course of action on drone attacks," he said. "The nation and political parties have to support army over terrorism," Nisar said.
About the war on terror, the minister said that this is not the war of Pakistan and Pakistan had suffered the most in this war.
"So-called Muslims are defaming Islam by committing suicide attacks on Muslims," Nisar said. He urged the media to play a positive and frontline role against terrorism, adding that the media should project successes of state machinery in the war on terror. The media would also be briefed and taken into confidence about National Security Policy, he said.