ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said that noose has been tightened around the banned terrorist outfits and proscribed sectarian organizations to restore peace in the country.

According to Radio Pakistan, the interior minister was responding to a motion moved by Sehar Kamran and others regarding implications of the statement made by him in the Senate on 10th January, 2017, in which he made a distinction between the banned terrorist outfits and the proscribed sectarian organizations in the country.

He said that elimination of terrorism from the country was a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders and they should play their role to make the country cradle of peace.

The minister added that the terrorist organizations are not allowed to operate in the country at any cost and their headquarters have been demolished during the Zarb-e-Azb operation. He said now terrorist organizations have their headquarters across the borders and they are operating from there.

Chaudhary Nisar said that the leadership of the proscribed sectarian organizations has also been apprehended. He said the proscribed sectarian organizations have a number of followers or workers and action cannot be taken against them without any proof of their involvement in any terrorist activity. He said legislation is underway to address this loophole and he sought support of all the political parties in this regard.