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March 7, 2014

Majority of Taliban not anti-state: Nisar

 
March 7, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday claimed that a clear majority of the Taliban were not the enemies of the country.
He said that some elements among them could be against the Pakistan government but most of their groups had no animosity to the state of Pakistan.
He said that the extremists had a plan to bomb Islamabad with aircraft but their designs were frustrated by the government.
He said that the late Additional District and Sessions Judge of Islamabad, Rafaqat Awan, was inadvertently killed by his own guard and not by the terrorists in the district courts attack on March 3.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar made a startling disclosure that a network of terrorists planning to bomb the federal capital using aircraft was unearthed and nabbed by the security agencies from the outskirts of Islamabad.
He said when the terrorists started shooting within the premises of the district courts, additional district and sessions judge along with his guard and reader shut themselves inside the retiring room. He said the guard committed foolishness by keeping his fingers on the trigger. “As the suicide bomb blast was heard outside, he inadvertently fired three shots hitting the judge,” the minister said.
He said that the guard had confessed and the medical report also showed that bullets were fired from the pistol and not from a Kalashnikov.
“The investigation has been completed according to which the additional sessions judge was killed with a 9mm pistol and not a Kalashnikov,” he said.
He observed that one should not reach conclusions immediately as such things could influence the investigations of the agencies.
He said the investigations, which were completed late last night, also gave a line of direction as to who the attackers were.
“There is a line of direction from the investigation completed late last night but it is not 100 percent confirmed,” he

said.
However, the interior minister pointed out that it could be stated from the investigations that the target of the attackers was another judge who was not present in the court premises at that time.
“I will present complete details of the investigations before the house and if the house is not in session, I will hand over the same to the Speaker,” he said.
He told the house that in the last eight months, some large networks of terrorists had been nabbed from the surroundings of Islamabad.
In this connection, he disclosed that a network which was planning to bomb Islamabad using aircraft was also arrested. He also referred to nabbing a network of terrorists which also included a woman from Bhara Kahu.
He said that he wanted to dispel the impression that Islamabad was unsafe as not a single big act of terror occurred here except for the recent incident in the last eight months.
Nisar acknowledged
that there were threats but added that loopholes in security were not as large as had been highlighted by the
opposition. He said that patriotism demanded that they should identify their weaknesses but not convey them to terrorists.
He said there were some shortcomings in the security in the district courts, Islamabad, and they had learnt a lesson from the incident.
He once again said
there might be some groups which were against the government but not against the country.
He said the Taliban had complaints of excesses by the government of General Pervez Musharraf but they were not anti-Pakistan.
He, however, acknowledged that there were some anti-Pakistan groups working at the behest of some foreign agencies.
The minister said the prime minister would chair a meeting of chief ministers in Islamabad next week to ensure coordination with them on implementation mechanism.
The minister said the entire Internal Security Policy would be implemented in just one year subject to provision of necessary funds which he was sure to get.
He said they would not even wait for one year and an interim set-up would be in place during the next few days.
He said a joint intelligence directorate would be created in a few days, which would have representatives of the military and civilian intelligence agencies as well as the provinces.
“Some aspects of the NISP will be in place in the next few weeks,” he said.
The minister said that the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and National Crisis Management Cell were being merged and would remain under the Ministry of Interior and no employee would be retrenched.
He said that the country had been passing through the worst type of security situation for the last 13 years but it was for the first time that an Internal Security Policy had been devised.
He said that terrorism was a global phenomenon as in 2012, 294 people were killed and 756 injured in terror related incidents in the non-Muslim world and the tally increased to 397 killed and 878 injured in 2013.
He said in the United States 15 terrorism related incidents took place in 2012 in which 44 people were killed and 18 injured, in 2013, 36 incidents took place claiming 35 lives and injuries to 42 others while in just two months of the current year, 31 incidents had taken place.
He said the United States had spent trillions of dollars on improving the homeland security but even safest of their places had not been spared by the terrorists.
Nisar, while addressing the opposition, said those who were talking about the military option as the only resort should also muster courage to face the consequences like the Islamabad incident.

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