Islamabad—In response to Indian allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling unrest in occupied Kashmir, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday the struggle of Kashmiris could not be suppressed through violent tactics.
“I want to tell India that the Kashmiri nation cannot be suppressed by using such tactics,” Nisar told reporters in Islamabad on Friday.
The minister said protest was launched against Indian atrocities in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and not against the Indian home minister.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday made it clear that the government did its best to make the Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh feel at home in Islamabad during his recent visit but unfortunately it was his choice to opt for a path of confrontation.
“We used helicopters for delegation of recent conference of Saarc interior minister, usually reserved for the heads of state and governments and let the floor of the Saarc Home Ministers Conference open for a presentation Mr Singh wanted to give but he did not reciprocate and accused Pakistan of baseless allegations.”
Chaudhry Nisar was briefing the media about the inside story of the Saarc Home Ministers Conference during a press conference.
Responding to the Indian Home Minister’s recent speech in the Rajya Sabha in which he hurled baseless allegations on the government of Pakistan and the interior ministry, Nisar said: “How one should respond when someone enters one’s house and hurls insults.”
Indian Home Minister had this in mind even before he took up the journey to Pakistan and made it clear that he would not hold bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart during the Saarc home minister’s conference, said Nisar. However, he said he would not go deep into what Mr Singh said but will urge dialogue on all issues.
About the blacklisted US national Matthew Barrett, Nisar said he would be deported from the country in a couple of days. The decision has been taken in the light of the report filed by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), said Nisar.
The Interior Minister said he had also sought a final SOP within a week so that such leakages would not recur in future. About verification of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) Nisar said it was a gigantic task but the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has made history as it has verified around 31.2 million CNICs in one month.
We have a great public feedback to our campaign for verification of CNICs as 3.3 million people have verified their CNICs through SMS which shows people’s trust on us.
About the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) Nisar said the security forces were alive to internal and external threats and their performance has been exemplary during last couple of years. He regretted that the opposition was maligning the country’s own security forces taking one isolated incident of Quetta, which though is tragic and condemnable, yet we should not use it to settle our own scores, he said.
“During the last two years more than 20,000 operations have been carried out by the security forces to pre-empt incidents of terrorism,” he said. Our forces, civil and armed, are the pride of the country and have laid down their lives in the war against terrorism. Provincial governments need to expedite on NAP as there are points relating to their role too, he said.
In the end Nisar said he was not going to reply to the recent hard hitting statements of the PPP stalwarts Khurshid Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan and would exercise restraint.