Terrorists targeting civilians to be dealt with iron hands: Nisar



ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said Saturday the recent spate of terrorism would be tackled with full might.

Addressing a press conference here, the minister said foreign elements and intelligence agencies were involved in recent terror strikes, but added that the country’s security would be ensured at all costs.

“Terrorists made an organised effort to disrupt the law and order situation but their designs will not materialise. Those targeting innocent civilians will be dealt with iron hands,” asserted Nisar.

“We have a renewed pledge to crush terrorists and are not afraid of them at all.”

“The recent incidents have made it clear that terrorists use Afghan refugees as facilitators for their acts. Arrests have been made in this connection from Attock, Huzro and Taxila,” he said.

Nisar praised law enforcement agencies that “pointed out terrorists and their facilitators in a time span of 24 hours.” He also criticised those “criticising the government while trying to hide their own criminal ineligibility [to maintain law and order].”

Nisar also questioned if it was the federal government, and not the provincial government’s responsibility to provide security in Sehwan and avert the attack.

He urged the nation to unite at such a critical juncture as they did following the attack on Army Public School (APS) in 2014.

“Our ambition to overcome terrorism and unity will help defeat anti-state elements,” he remarked.