ISLAMABAD (APP) – Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said Pakistan was winning the war against terrorism but to take the fight to its logical conclusion, the country also had to win on the psychological front.
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“The war has not finished and we have to make an agenda and create a narrative which motivates the nation against terrorism. The nation should not lose hope as it is a time of despondency for terrorists,” he said while addressing a press conference.
The Minister, who held meetings in Karachi on the security situation, said, “We should not be part of the game plan of terrorists. Terrorists are in despair. They are trying to divide, dishearten people and focusing soft targets to demoralize the nation,” he said.
Chaudhry Nisar said Pakistan is among the few nations which has been successful against terrorism and added that due to the sacrifices of the army and security agencies in last one and a half year, the situation had considerably improved in Pakistan and this fact is not only recognized in Pakistan but also at the international level.
He said 490 armed forces personnel had lost their lives in the terrorist operations so far.
According to a report compiled by the United States, there had been a 45 percent decrease in incidents of terrorism in the country, a 39 percent reduction in deaths related to terrorism and a 53 percent reduction in injuries related to terrorism when compared with last year.
The situation has further improved in six months of this year, he added. He said that despite improvement in the situation, incidents like the murder of Amjad Sabri and the kidnapping of the son of Chief Justice of Sindh High Court erase the performance of the past.
“What happened to the son of Chief Justice SHC and family of Amjad Sabari was unfortunate. Every Pakistani has felt the pain of these incidents,” he said.
The Minister said when the present government took over in 2013 up to five or six bomb explosions were taking place every day.
The Army’s General Headquarters and naval and air force bases were attacked and attacks were also carried out in Islamabad in which hundreds of people were killed, he said.