ISLAMABAD: Federal cabinet has said that the whole nation has become united against the terrorism and Taliban have become isolated. The cabinet said that if Taliban are willing to announce unconditional ceasefire then the dialogues could be held. The cabinet unanimously has approved indiscriminate military operation in North Waziristan Agency. The cabinet said that the government wants to resolve the problems facing by country amicably; however no one should have any doubt about the writ of the government. Meanwhile Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the writ of the state would be ensured in the country at all costs, adding that the desire of government for holding dialogues should not be considered as weakness.
The special meeting of the federal cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Meanwhile, the meeting discussed important matters including law and order situation in the country and matters pertaining to the defence of the country. The cabinet was also informed about the recent visit of US officials to Pakistan. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar briefed the cabinet meeting regarding the important issues facing by the country.
The PM was briefed over Pak-Afghan border security situation and the ongoing operation in Karachi.
The cabinet agreed that all decisions pertaining to anti-terror measures would be taken at the highest levels of authority.
Federal cabinet has approved the new National Security Policy. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will announce the policy in National Assembly today (Wednesday); meanwhile Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also attend the session. Cabinet has asked the Taliban to announce unconditional ceasefire. The cabinet has also approved indiscriminate military operation in North Waziristan Agency. The dialogues would remain as open option. The cabinet has said the action against terrorists would be taken wherever the terrorists will carry out terrorist activity.
The cabinet has decided to continue surgical strikes against the terrorists.
The cabinet while asking the Taliban to immediately stop the terrorist activities has directed the government negotiation team to contact the Taliban negotiation team.
The cabinet decided that Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions general (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch will monitor the issues of people migrating from Waziristan. It was also decided in the meeting that Abdul Qadir Baloch would be in regular contact with Federal Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in this regard.
Under the new national security policy the steps for the protection of internal and external threats would be taken.
The rapid response force would take action against any terrorist threat.
According to a private TV channel sources several members were in favour of carrying out surgical strikes and several were of the view that the dialogues with Taliban should be held. The members of the cabinet said Taliban should be asked to immediately announce the ceasefire.
Prime Minister took the cabinet members into confidence regarding the dialogue process with the Taliban. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar briefed the cabinet members about the dialogue process and the way the government facilitated both negotiation committees. The cabinet session continued for three hours and all the members unanimously asked the Taliban to announce unconditional ceasefire.
Counter Terrorism authority would be set up and prime minister would be head of the authority. Meanwhile all governors, chief minister, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff committee, chiefs of three armed forces, DG ISI and DG IB will be the members of the national counter terrorism authority (NCTA).
Rapid Response Force would be established for counter terrorism purpose. The air wing of the interior ministry would also be made active. The decisions regarding the terrorism would be made at the higher level. The cabinet has approved the establishment of Joint Intelligence Directorate to further strengthen the intelligence system.
After the cabinet endorsed the country’s internal national security policy on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the session said that in order to ensure the safety and security of citizens, the government would establish its writ across the country under all circumstances.
He said the government had initiated the dialogue process with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with sincerity and made arrangements for the outlawed group’s negotiators to travel to Waziristan for holding consultations with militant leaders but by targeting innocent civilians, the TTP had rendered the process meaningless.
Establishing peace in the country is the ultimate goal, the prime minister said, adding that the state’s writ would be established at all costs.
Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf said no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the government. He added that the dialogue process was initiated with sincerity by the government but the Taliban made it meaningless by attacking security forces and innocent people. He said efforts should be made that innocents should not be harmed during the action of forces. Nawaz said the government wants to resolve all issues with the consultation of the security forces, adding that whichever decision would be made the masses would also be taken into confidence.
Moreover, the national security policy document notes that the total strength of 33 national security organisations, including the police and other civil armed forces, both at the federal as well as the provincial level, exceeded 600,000, which is more than the sixth largest standing army of the world i.e. Pakistan.
Snippets from the 86-page document also say Pakistan is the country most affected by terrorism in the world after Iraq, but if the severity of the incidents is considered, it even surpasses the Middle Eastern nation.
The draft of National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2013-2018 describes the scenario as dangerous, posing an existential threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the state.
“From 2001 to 2013, there were 13,721 incidents in Pakistan which is marginally less than Iraq. From 2001 to 2005, there were 523 terrorist incidents in Pakistan but from 2007 to November 2013, the total number of incidents has risen to 13,198.”
The document, which is being billed as the country’s first internal security policy, also says that from 2001 to November 2013, 48,994 people were killed in the country including 5,272 personnel of the law-enforcement agencies, a large number of them – 17,642 – having been killed in just three years from 2011 to 2013 including 2,114 personnel of the law-enforcement agencies.